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Global Mental Health Core Team


Circular headshot of Leah Nguyen, smiling, Program Manager UW Consortium for Global Mental HealthLeah Nguyen, MSW, BFA

Program Manager, UW Consortium for Global Mental Health

Leah (they/she) joined the UW Consortium for Global Mental Health as program manager in 2023. Nguyen has their Master in Social Work from Washington University in St Louis—with a focus on environmental social work and children, youth, and families and her Bachelor of Fine Art from University of Washington. They have worked in public health policy research at a Prevention Research Center, created a wholistic university wellness program, and worked in youth development programming—most recently advocating for state policy changes in the foster care and youth homelessness systems alongside young people with lived experience at The Mockingbird Society. Leah is also an artist-healer and plant lover that grew up on an Alaskan fishing boat and a specialty plant nursery on Whidbey Island.

Department Chairs

Circular Headshot of Jurgen Unutzer, smiling, Professor and Chair Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesJürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA

Professor and Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Adjunct Professor, Global Health; Director, Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions and Founder of the AIMS Center

Dr. Unützer is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and health services researcher. His work focuses on innovative models that integrate mental health and general medical services and on translating research on evidence-based behavioral health interventions into effective clinical and public health practice. He works with national and international organizations dedicated to improving behavioral health care for diverse populations, has served as Senior Scientific Advisor to the World Health Organization and as an advisor to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.



Circular headshot of Carey Farquhar, smiling, Professor and Chair, Department of Global HealthCarey Farquhar, MD, MPH

Acting Chair, Global Health; Professor, Global Health; Professor, Epidemiology; Professor, Medicine-Allergy and Infectious Dis. 

Dr. Carey Farquhar, MD, MPH, is a professor at the University of Washington in the Departments of Global Health, Medicine, and Epidemiology. Dr. Farquhar is also the Vice Dean for Education in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. She received her MD at Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Washington, where she also earned a Masters in Public Health. She mentors US and Kenyan trainees and currently conducts research in Kenya on HIV testing and partner notification services, HIV and HCV diagnosis and access to treatment among persons who inject drugs, and non-communicable diseases among persons living with HIV.

She has published more than 210 peer-reviewed papers and is Director of the UW Kenya Research and Training Center and the International AIDS Research and Training Program (IARTP).  Dr. Farquhar teaches two courses in the School of Public Health — HIV: A Multidisciplinary Approach and  Responsible Conduct of Research: Global and Local.   In addition, she sees patients one half-day per week at Madison Clinic and attends on the wards at Harborview Medical Center.