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Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Rachel  Waford

Assistant Professor

Faculty, Global Health

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Georgia and joined the GH faculty in 2014.  I began my tenure as a substance abuse interventionist on Project RETAIN, a  NIH/NIDA-funded study aimed to improve clinic retention rates and treatment engagement in individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  I am currently a psychologist and consultant on the Gates-funded COHORTS project examining evidence regarding the role of early-life cognitive potential in the development of adult cognitive and socioemotional achievement and social human capital in four cohorts in low and middle-income countries.  My clinical research interests include prevention, early identification, and early intervention for severe mental illness in vulnerable and marginalized communities, and immigrant and refugee mental health.  I am also interested in factors that impact treatment seeking and treatment engagement behaviors, and identifying and implementing community-based tools.  

In addition to my clinical research work, I am also a clinical practitioner.  I have a private practice where I provide psychotherapy and psychological assessment for adolescents, teens, and adults in the Atlanta area.  I am particularly interested in interventions for adolescents and young adults demonstrating risks and signs of early psychosis, and I also treat adults with chronic mental health conditions.  Joining the faculty at Rollins has also introduced other rewarding opportunities such as providing volunteer psychiatric evaluations for the Atlanta Asylum Network and facilitating a broader mental health community within the GH department.  

Please look for my course, Introduction to Global Mental Health (GH 583), which is scheduled during the Fall semester.

 

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Contact Information

1518 Clifton Road Ne

Atlanta , GA 30322

1518-002-7BB

Phone: 404-969-5395

Email: rwaford@emory.edu

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Areas of Interest

  • Behavior and Health
  • Community Based Research
  • Global Health
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Community Health & Development

Education

  • Clinical Psychology 2013, University of Louisville

Courses Taught

  • GH 583: Intro.to Global Mental Health

Affiliations & Activities

Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis

Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science

American Psychological Association

Georgia Psychologial Association

Atlanta Asylum Network

Board of Directors, Community Friendship, INC.

Publications

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