Kathleen M. Pike, PhD

Eleven Things to Know About Dr. Pike

Kathleen M. Pike, PhD is Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. There she is Director of the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health; Chair of the Faculty Steering Committee for the Global Mental Health Programs; and Deputy Director of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program.

Kathy earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Johns Hopkins University and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Yale University.

An advocate for global mental health, Dr. Pike’s many talks on the topic include the TEDxTokyo presentation, “Don’t Call Me Crazy.”

Dr. Pike established the Columbia University – WHO Center for Global Mental Health, a leader in capacity building, research, and training in global mental health.

A world expert in the field of eating disorders and Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Kathy is recognized for her cross-cultural work on risk factors and her leadership in the development of innovative, evidence-based treatments that help people recover their full quality of life.

Dr. Pike is the founder and President of the Global Fund for Mental Health, an organization that assists diverse mental health initiatives worldwide.

Kathy has consulted on strategic initiatives addressing mental health at work to numerous Fortune 500 companies worldwide, including Goldman Sachs/Asia Pacific, AXA Asia, Maybelline, and others.

Dr. Pike is passionate about stewardship, and has been a mentor to scores of emerging professionals who will be the next generation of leaders in mental health globally.

Kathy serves on expert advisory boards and committees for AbleTo, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Fountain House, Inseparable, International Rescue Committee, Mindful Philanthropy, and The Jewish Board.

Dr. Pike was awarded the 2021 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contribution to the International Advancement of Psychology.

Kathleen M. Pike, PhD is a mother, ceramicist, retired marathoner, and cycling enthusiast. She’s also the doting keeper of thousands of honeybees and is studying to be a Master Beekeeper.