Principal Investigator:  Paulo Rossi Menezes, M.D., Ph.D. 

Funded by:  U19

This project aims to increase research capacity to inform better strategies to reduce the mental illness treatment gap in Latin America. We will establish a regional hub to carry out relevant mental health research and training to increase research capacity in the region. The core center will be based at the University of São Paulo (USP) with two other major sub-centers based in Peru and in Guatemala, and two satellite centers in Ecuador and Colombia, all supported by strong academic centers in the fields of interest in the U.S. and Europe. The project's two foundational activities include 1) a research component with two core projects that will assess the effectiveness of a mobile phone intervention assisted by an auxiliary nurse for the treatment of depressed individuals with chronic physical diseases in Brazil and Peru, and 2) a comprehensive research capacity building program in mental health, targeted to a multidisciplinary audience of future researchers.