Larry Wissow, MD, MPH

Personal Statement

​I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist also trained in pediatrics. The longstanding theme of my research has been on the detection of psychosocial problems in children and families, with a particular interest in what happens at the interface between primary care and mental health care. My initial clinical work as a pediatrician involved families in which child abuse was suspected, and thus my early research on detection of psychosocial problems involved how clinicians might best learn that a given family was experiencing some form of violence.

When I returned to training and became a child psychiatrist, my focus shifted to the more general issue of how, in the course of clinician-child-parent interactions, psychosocial issues were asked about, disclosed, and discussed. I have explored this question from a number of angles, including work in different cultures in the US (African-American, Latin American, American Indian), in different countries (Brazil, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Iran), in differences attributable to provider gender, across a range of sensitive issues (including suicide and end-of-life decision-making), and across clinical settings (pediatric and adult primary care, emergency care, and chronic disease management). 


Clinical Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1982-1984
Child Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1994-1995
Adult Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1992-1994
Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1979-1982
MD, Duke University, 1975-1979
MPH, Johns Hopkins University, 1982-1984

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Recent Publications

Children and adolescents' mental health in Iran's primary care: Perspectives of general practitioners, school staff and help seekers.
(2021 Mar)
Glob Soc Welf 8(1): 1-10
Zarafshan H, Wissow LS, Shahrivar Z, Mojtabai R, Khademi M, JafariNia M, Hajebi A, Abolhassani F, Sharifi V

Discovering Common Elements of Empirically Supported Self-Help Interventions for Depression in Primary Care: a Systematic Review.
(2021 Feb 9)
J Gen Intern Med
Kuroda N, Burkey MD, Wissow LS

Scaling-up school mental health services in low resource public schools of rural Pakistan: the Theory of Change (ToC) approach.
(2021 Jan 12)
Int J Ment Health Syst 15(1): 8
Hamdani SU, Huma ZE, Suleman N, Warraitch A, Muzzafar N, Farzeen M, Minhas FA, Rahman A, Wissow LS

Identifying pathways for large-scale implementation of a school-based mental health programme in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: a theory-driven approach.
(2020 Nov 1)
Health Policy Plan 35(Supplement_2): ii112-ii123
Alonge O, Chiumento A, Hamoda HM, Gaber E, Huma ZE, Abbasinejad M, Hosny W, Shakiba A, Minhas A, Saeed K, Wissow L, Rahman A

Correction to: Task sharing for the care of severe mental disorders in a low-income country (TaSCS): study protocol for a randomised, controlled, non-inferiority trial.
(2020 Oct 6)
Trials 21(1): 829
Hanlon C, Alem A, Medhin G, Shibre T, Ejigu DA, Negussie H, Dewey M, Wissow L, Prince M, Susser E, Lund C, Fekadu A

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