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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.  She completed 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 community-based education and advocacy around early identification and intervention for severe mental illness.

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 a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that explores the use of personal narratives to reduce health disparities and strengthen community capacity in marginalized communities.