M. Claire Greene, PhD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health
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M. Claire Greene, PhD MPH, is an epidemiologist and implementation scientist interested in identifying opportunities to improve mental health and psychosocial wellbeing among forcibly displaced populations through multisectoral and community-based interventions. In her work she consults and collaborates with governments, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, and academic institutions. At Mailman, Dr. Greene teaches Investigative Methods in Complex Emergencies, a course focused on how to collect and effectively use data to inform programming and policy in humanitarian emergencies, and a course on Psychosocial and Mental Health Issues in Forced Migration. 

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health

Administrative Titles

  • Steering Committee Member, Columbia Global Mental Health Program
  • Faculty, Program on Forced Migration and Health
  • Co-Chair, Columbia University Seminar Series in Global Mental Health

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 2010 Loyola Marymount University
  • MPH, 2012 Yale School of Public Health
  • PhD, 2018 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Editorial Boards

Global Mental Health; Journal of Refugee Studies



Dr. Greene's research interests include mental health and psychosocial support, substance use, forced migration, and humanitarian health.

Research Interests

  • Community Health
  • Forced Migration
  • Global Health
  • Humanitarian Health
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use

Selected Publications

Greene MC, Busse A, Ventevogel P, Kane JC, Ezard N (In press). Moving from feasible to essential: Progress and future directions for promoting the implementation of substance use services for forcibly displaced populations in humanitarian settings. Addiction.

Greene MC, Bonz AG, Cristobal M, Angulo A, Armijos A, Guevara ME, Vega C, Benavides L, Corrales C, de la Cruz A, Lopez MJ, Moyano A, Murcia A, Noboa MJ, Rodriguez A, Solis J, Vergara D, Bollman EB, Andersen LS, Wainberg M, Tol WA. Mixed-methods evaluation of a group psychosocial intervention for refugee, migrant and host community women in Ecuador and Panamá: Results from the Entre Nosotras cluster randomized feasibility trial. Glob Ment Health (Camb). 2023 Jul 19;10:e42. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37854436/

Greene MC, Kane J, Alto M, Giusto A, Lovero K, Stockton M, McClendon J, Nicholson T, Wainberg ML, Johnson RM, Tol WA. Psychosocial and pharmacologic interventions to reduce harmful alcohol use in low- and middle-income countries. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2023 May 9;5(5):CD013350. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37158538/

Greene MC, Bonz A, Isaacs R, Cristobal M, Vega C, Andersen LS, Angulo A, Armijos A, Guevara ME, Benavides L, de la Cruz A, Lopez MJ, Moyano A, Murcia A, Noboa MJ, Rodriguez A, Solis J, Vergara D, Wainberg M, Tol WA. Community-based participatory design of a psychosocial intervention for migrant women in Ecuador and Panama. SSM Ment Health. 2022 Dec;2:100152. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37228641/

Greene MC, Ventevogel P, Likindikoki SL, Bonz AG, Turner R, Rees S, Misinzo L, Njau T, Mbwambo JKK, Tol WA. Why local concepts matter: Using cultural expressions of distress to explore the construct validity of research instruments to measure mental health problems among Congolese women in Nyarugusu refugee camp. Transcult Psychiatry. 2023 Jun;60(3):496-507. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36114647/

Greene MC, Bencomo C, Rees S, Ventevogel P, Likindikoki S, Nemiro A, Bonz A, Mbwambo JKK, Tol WA, McGovern TM (2021). Multilevel determinants of integrated service delivery for intimate partner violence and mental health in humanitarian settings. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(23), 12484. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34886211/

Greene MC, Haddad S, Busse A, Ezard N, Ventevogel P, Demis L, Inoue S, Gumm JC, Campello G, Tol WA, Kane JC (2021). Priorities for addressing substance use disorder in humanitarian settings. Conflict and Health, 15(1), 1-10. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34556142/

Greene MC, Likindikoki S, Rees S, Bonz A, Kaysen D, Misinzo L, Njau T, Kiluwa S, Turner R, Ventevogel P, Mbwambo JKK, Tol WA. Evaluation of an integrated intervention to reduce psychological distress and intimate partner violence in refugees: Results from the Nguvu cluster randomized feasibility trial. PLoS One. 2021 Jun 18;16(6):e0252982. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34143803/

Greene MC, Huang TTK, Giusto A, Lovero KL, Stockton MA, Shelton RC, dos Santos PF, Saute F, Wainberg ML (2021). Leveraging systems science to promote the sustainability of mental health and psychosocial interventions in low- and middle-income countries. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 29(4): 262-277. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34241978/

Greene MC, Jordans MJD, Kohrt B, Ventevogel P, Kirmayer LJ, Hassan G, Chiumento A, van Ommeren M, Tol WA (2017).  Addressing culture and context in humanitarian response: Preparing desk reviews to inform mental health and psychosocial support. Conflict and Health,11:21. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5686886/

Global Health Activities

  • Optimizing implementation of evidence-based mental health interventions to promote reach and retention among migrants in transit in Colombia (NIMH)
  • Designing a multisectoral system of care to improve mental health and psychosocial wellbeing among displaced populations in Ecuador (Columbia Mailman Centennial Grand Challenges)
  • Effectiveness of an evidence-based stepped care system for alcohol and other drug use problems among Congolese refugees in Zambia (elrha/R2HC)
  • Increasing mental health and psychosocial support for Venezuelan refugees: Adapting Group Problem Management Plus (Group PM+) for Venezuelan refugees in Colombia (USAID/Laser Pulse)
  • Evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of an integrated intervention to reduce psychological distress and intimate partner violence among forced migrants in Ecuador and Panamá  (USAID/URC)