Ippolytos Kalofonos, MD, PhD, MPH


Ippolytos Kalofonos, MD, PhD, MPH

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Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, West LA VA Medical Center

UCLA Center for Social Medicine and Humanities, B7-435, Semel Institute, 760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles CA, 90095-1759


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Ippolytos Kalofonos earned his undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. He received his medical training from the University of California, San Francisco, while also obtaining a PhD in Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco and a Masters degrees in Health Sciences and Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley.  He completed psychiatry residency at the University of Washington, Seattle where he was an American Psychiatric Association Minority Leadership Fellow. He has conducted extensive field research in Mozambique looking at community experiences with HIV/AIDS treatment during the HIV treatment scale-up. In addition, he has conducted research in Salvador, Brazil studying urban leptospirosis epidemics, and on the US-Mexico border looking at access to prenatal care.  He was a postdoc fellow at the Semel Institute 2015-16 and was appointed to the faculty in 2016.

Dr. Kalofonos’ research interests include community mental health, recovery and peer-support interventions, global mental health, local responses to mental illness, and social determinants of health. He is interested in looking at psychosocial approaches to severe mental illness and at ways of decreasing medication burden and improving life expectancy for people diagnosed with severe mental illness.

Dr. Kalofonos looks forward toward a career carrying out research at the interface of psychiatry, health services, and cultural and medical anthropology, focused on patient-centered mental health interventions and improving care of marginalized populations.


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