Students for Global Mental Health

2019-2020 Executive Board

Co-President: Mina Dailami

Co-President: Induni Wickramasinghe

Secretary: Aishwarya Thakur

Public Relations Officer: Murphy Alafoginis

Past President: Mandana Mostofi

Faculty Advisor:  Sita Patel, Ph.D.



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Students for Global Mental Health (SGMH) aims to engage psychologists in meaningful discussion about the global mental health burden. We strive to create awareness of the socio-political-cultural issues shaping the expression and treatment of mental health as well as the variations and challenges to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health worldwide. The group accomplishes this goal through organizing events and collaborating with local organizations involved in this line of work.

updated 12.2019

2019-2020 Executive Board details

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Mina Dailami (Co-President): Mina graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor’s in Psychology in 2014. Since then she has worked as a research assistant at the Columbia University Medical School. She began the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Palo Alto University in the fall of 2018 with an interest in Diversity and Community Mental Health. Mina’s interests include global mental health including acknowledging the differences in internalizing behaviors between individualistic and collectivistic cultures. She is also passionate about intergenerational transmission of cultural values in first- and second-generation Middle Eastern immigrants in the United States.


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Induni Wickramasinghe (Co-President): Indy is a second-year PhD student at Palo Alto University. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Science. She has worked as a research assistant for the VA San Diego Healthcare System, where she was part of the research team for two large clinical trials examining telehealth-based interventions for PTSD among Veterans. Indy has traveled to Sri Lanka with her family throughout her life, including after the 2004 tsunami and throughout the Sri Lankan civil war. These experiences developed Indy’s interest in working with international communities who have experienced war or disaster. Her research interests focus on the effects of trauma across the lifespan as well as methods to improve access to services in low resource communities around the world. 

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Mandana Mostofi (Past President): Mandana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education. In 2017, she began the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University with a special interest in working with older adults and underserved populations. Mandana has a personal interest in global mental health: as an Iranian immigrant, she has first-hand seen the impact of mental health disparities, especially among immigrants and refugees. Mandana is currently collaborating with a non-profit organization to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention in her home country, Iran. She also serves on the student committee for APA Division 52 - International Psychology.

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