What Martin Luther King, Jr. Knew But Never Said

On Monday, we pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Stories and accolades will fill every form of media. Appropriately so. We will celebrate this legendary leader’s commitment to nonviolence and his extraordinary legacy of fighting for racial justice in the US Civil Rights movement. Renowned for his passionate and

American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions

Dr. Kathleen M. Pike has been named the recipient of the 2021 American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.  Over a nearly 40-year career, Dr. Pike has worked tirelessly to advance research, build capacity, and influence policy to improve mental health worldwide.  Dr.

Remembering Colin Powell

When I hear the name Colin Powell, I think “hero.” His death at age 84 on this past Monday, October 18th, marked the passing of a man who did much for many. He was a hero for a myriad of reasons. He is best known for his public service as

Mental Gymnastics

I frequently get recommendations for Five on Friday topics from readers, friends, family, and colleagues. So I wasn’t surprised to hear from my brother when Simone Biles, “the greatest gymnast of all time,” withdrew from the individual all-around competition at the Olympics last week “to take care of her mental

Masks and the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a recent article on ever-evolving policies on wearing masks, Kathy’s Five on Friday was referenced and quoted, as wearing a mask can be “like talking on your phone in a zone with weak cell service.” Read the article in The New York Times here, and Kathy’s original Five on

A Global View of Eating Disorders

Presenting for the NYU School of Global Public Health’s Global Mental Health and Stigma Program, Dr. Pike recently highlighted the current scientific knowledge base regarding what puts individuals at risk, trends in the rate of eating disorders around the globe, and treatment outcome in terms of recovery and relapse prevention.

ELLE Magazine Interview: Your Brain On… Reality

Serving as Scientific Advisor to Maybelline’s Brave Together Campaign, Kathy was interviewed by ELLE Magazine regarding the mental health implications of COVID-19. Kathy highlighted the stress and mental health risks associated with the pandemic and also spoke about post-traumatic growth and opportunities for strengthening one’s mental health and personal renewal that

Power of Art and Mental Health

Celebrating the power of the arts to increase mental health awareness, Kathy is pictured here with Janet Montag, Chair, and artists from Love is EleMental on February 24, 2020. The recording of Love is EleMental can be viewed here.

Committed to Advancing Global Mental Health

The Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health manages numerous advocacy, research, and training initiatives in global mental health. As Director of the Center, Dr. Pike works closely with the World Health Organization. Pictured here with Dr. Shekhar Saxena, then-Director of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, Dr. Geoffrey

Award-winning Documentary by Columbia GMHP’s Artist in Residence

The Columbia Global Mental Health Programs is proud to have hosted filmmaker Sandra Luckow as Artist in Residence. Dr. Pike served as Scientific Advisor for her film, That Way Madness Lies, which tells the story of her brother Duanne’s life with serious mental illness. Told in part through video recordings

Five Boro Bike Tour of New York City

The connection between exercise and mental health is well documented. For years, Dr. Pike has captained the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health cycling team with participants from the Young Professionals Board. The annual, 40-mile Five Boro Bike Tour takes riders through the streets of Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten