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Rachel Waford, PhD

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Assistant Professor (Primary Appointment)
Rollins School of Public Health , Hubert Department of Global Health

Phone: 404-969-5395

Fax: 404-500-4283


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Rachel Waford, PhD, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University, and her doctorate from the University of Louisville.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Mental Health Center with an emphasis in treatment for first episode psychosis, and her post-doctoral fellowship with Emory School of Medicine/Grady Health System.  Her research and clinical interests include early intervention for psychosis in young people and families, and education and advocacy around severe mental illness in communities

Dr. Waford joined the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty in January 2015.  Her primary responsibilities include supervision and training for psychology and psychiatry trainees.

Dr. Waford is also a research assistant professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health in the Rollins School of Public Health.  She is currently a consultant on the Gates-funded COHORTS project, which seeks provide evidence regarding the role of early-life cognitive potential in the development of adult cognitive and socioemotional achievement and social human capital in four cohorts in low and middle-income countries.  She is also a Co-PI on the RWJF-funded Storywise Project, a study that seeks to strengthen community capacity to address syndemic health disparities through collection of narratives created by affected communities; the community-based analysis, by multi-sectoral teams, of those narratives; and the development and dissemination of program and policy-level resources and actions grounded in the narratives and the contextual needs and realities they reveal.