Annika C. Sweetland, DrPH
Assistant Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences (in Psychiatry)
Annika Sweetland, DrPH, MSW is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons/Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Sweetland is on the faculty of an NIMH-funded T32 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Global Mental Health, an NIMH/Fogarty-funded D43 Implementation Research Training Program in Mozambique, and the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. Her research is focused on increasing access to mental health services in low- and middle-income countries where there are few mental health specialists. Her areas of expertise include tuberculosis (TB) and depression, dissemination and implementation science, cross-cultural measurement of psychiatric disorders, social network analysis, mobile health, and sustainable development.
Dr. Sweetland obtained a Master of Social Work degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2002 and a Doctorate in Public Health from the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2010. In 2012, she completed a 2-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Sustainable Development at The Earth Institute at Columbia University in which she provided technical assistance to the Nigerian government on a national scale-up initiative to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the MDGs. She went on to be the first Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in a recently NIMH-funded T32 Global Mental Health Research Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Finally, in 2016, Dr. Sweetland was awarded an NIMH-funded K01 Mentored Career Development Award to Build Research Capacity in Global Mental Health (2016-2020). Her K01 research aims to accelerate the scale up of evidence-based treatment for depression within community-based primary care in Brazil using TB as a novel point of entry. She is also involved in several other ongoing studies examining biomarkers for depression in the context of latent and active TB and treating mental disorders to improve health and mental health outcomes.
Dr. Sweetland is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of a Working Group on TB and Mental Health through the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease, one of the oldest and largest global health research and technical organizations in the world with membership from more than 150 countries. The objectives of the Working Group are to: 1) explore the prevalence and impact of comorbid mental disorders on TB outcomes; 2) link clinicians with researchers to develop an evidence-base for co-managing TB and mental disorders; and 3) create guidelines and disseminate best practices to National TB Programs in high burden countries. She is currently leading a global survey of National TB Program Directors to assess current practices and protocols for the management of mental and substance use disorders and explore perceived receptivity to TB and mental health treatment integration.
Faculty/Instructor, Columbia Global Mental Health Program
Faculty/Instructor, D43 Fogarty Mental Health Implementation Research Training for Portuguese-Speaking African Countries (PALOP)
Faculty/Instructor, T32 Global Mental Health Research Fellowship: Interventions That Make A Difference
Mason, P.H., Sweetland, A. C., Fox, G. J., Halovic, S., Nguyen, T. A., Marks, G. B. (in press). Tuberculosis and mental health in the Asia-Pacific. Australasian Psychiatry. [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1177/1039856216649770
Sweetland, A., Oquendo, M. A., Carlson, C., Magidson, J. F., Wainberg, M. L. (2015) Mental health research in the global era: Training the next generation, Academic Psychiatry, Oct 23 [Epub ahead of print]
Sweetland, A., Oquendo, M., Wickramaratne, P., Weissman, M., Wainberg, M. (2014). Depression: A silent driver of the tuberculosis epidemic. World Psychiatry, 13(3):325-326.
Sweetland, A., Oquendo, M., Vermund, S., Fortunato, P., Sidat, M, Duarte, C., Arbuckle, M., Wainberg, M. (2014). Closing the mental health treatment gap by building research capacity in low-income settings: Mozambique as a case example. Annals of Global Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2014.04.014
Sweetland, A., Belkin, G. & Verdeli, H. (2014). Measuring depression and anxiety in sub-Saharan Africa. Depression & Anxiety, 31(3):223-32.
Iyengar, R., Mahal, A. R., Aklilu, L., Sweetland, A., Karim, A., Shin, H., Aliyu, B., Park, J. E., Modi, V., Berg, M., Pokharel, P. (2014). The use of technology for large-scale education planning and decision-making. Information Technology for Development. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02681102.2014.940267
Berg, M., Pokharel, P., Sweetland, A., Vijay Modi. (2013). Cellular Citizenship: Invigorating development through mobile, Harvard International Review, 34(3).
Sweetland, A. , & Cohen, A. (2009). Community diagnosis: Qualitative research methods to inform intervention design (Spanish). In J. Rodriguez (Ed.), Themes of Mental Health in the Community, 2nd Edition. Washington: Pan American Health Organization.
Collins, P., Elkington, K., von Unger, H., Sweetland, A., Wright, E., Zybert, P. (2008). The relationship of stigma to sexual HIV risk among urban women with severe mental illness. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78(4): 498-506.
Acha, J., Sweetland, A. , Guerra, D., Chalco, K., Castillo, H., Palacios, E. (2007). Psychosocial support groups for patients with MDR-TB: Five years of experience, Global Public Health, 2(4):404-417.
Sweetland, A. , Lazarus, R., Freeman, M., Saloner, K. (2005). Mental health and HIV/AIDS: Psychosocial support groups in anti-retroviral (ARV) therapy programmes. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization.
Drobac, P.C., del Castillo, H., Sweetland, A., Anca, G., Joseph, J. K., Furin, J., Shin, S. (2005). Treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis during pregnancy: Long-term follow-up of 6 children with intrauterine exposure to second-line agents. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 40: 1689-1692.
Acha, J., Sweetland, A. & Castillo, H. (2004). [Psychosocial support groups for patients with MDR-TB] (Spanish). Partners In Health/Socios En Salud, Lima, Peru.
Vega, P., Sweetland, A., Acha, J., Castillo, H., Guerra, D., Smith Fawzi, M.C. Shin, S. (2004) Psychiatric issues in the management of MDR-TB. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 8(6): 749-759.
Sweetland, A. Acha, J., & Guerra, D. (2002). Enhancing adherence: The role of group psychotherapy in the treatment of MDR-TB in urban Peru. In Cohen, A., Kleinman, A., & Saraceno, B. (Editors.) World Mental Health Casebook: Mental Health and Social Services in Low-Income Countries, pp. 51-79, New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.