Giuseppe Raviola, MD, MPH
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Global Health Delivery
Dr. Giuseppe Raviola serves as the Director of the Program in Global Mental Health and Social Change (PGMHSC) at Harvard Medical School, Associate Director of the Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Director of Mental Health for Partners In Health (PIH). He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and of Global Health and Social Medicine at HMS. He works clinically within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MGH.
Dr. Raviola received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College (History, 1994), a medical degree from Harvard Medical School (2002), and a public health degree from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health (Clinical Effectiveness, 2012). He completed his postgraduate training in psychiatry at MGH-McLean Hospital (2006), and in child and adolescent psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (2008). From 2008-10 he served as an inpatient psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital, and from 2010-2016 he established and led the Psychiatry Quality Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.
In 2009 Dr. Raviola began work with colleagues in Rwanda, supporting the development of a mental health team at Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH Rwanda) that supports the Rwanda Biomedical Center’s goals of national decentralization. This work has evolved to seek to integrate mental health into primary care through the expansion of a community-based mentorship and enhanced supervision (MESH) model to address severe mental disorders across all of Burera District. This mental health service delivery model has included the delivery of mental health care by generalist, government-employed health center nurses; the evaluation of clinical, functioning and economic outcomes; and the expansion of these services to other districts including an RBC-led effort in Musanze District. IMB has tested the MESH Model for Mental Health in Rwanda’s Burera District, expanding it to the entire district, with the ultimate aim of it serving as a comprehensive system for improving the delivery of decentralized mental health care throughout Rwanda.
In 2000 as a medical student he completed one of the first studies in sub-Saharan Africa examining the mental health and well-being of early career physicians working in the context of high HIV disease burden at East Africa’s largest public hospital. In 2010 Dr. Raviola took leadership of the PIH mental health response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and has led PIH’s efforts to integrate safe, effective, evidence-based and culturally sound mental health services across all ten sites, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Malawi Lesotho and Rwanda, as well as Haiti, Peru, Mexico and communities in the US. His academic work has centered on the integration and application of quality improvement and public health approaches in innovating clinical practice, teaching and research in the domains of psychiatry and global mental health, particularly in developing new intervention programs in mental health integrated within primary care systems. In 2020-21 Dr. Raviola has led the PIH cross-site COVID-19 response in mental health.