Annika C. Sweetland, DrPH

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Dr. Annika Sweetland is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons/Mailman School of Public Health. For the past 20 years, she has conducted global mental health research in Latin America (Peru, Haiti, Brazil), Africa (Nigeria, Mozambique, South Africa) and the United States, with a topical focus on tuberculosis (TB) and depression. She is a faculty instructor and peer mentor on three implementation science training grants including an NIMH-funded T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Global Mental Health (T32 MH096724; PI: Wainberg & Arbuckle) and a Fogarty-funded D43 Implementation Research Training grant to build research capacity in Mozambique (D43 TW009675; PI: Wainberg & Oquendo) and NIMH funded U19 mental health hub grant in Southern Africa (U19 MH113203; PI: Wainberg). She is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the TB and Mental Health Working Group at the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease. She recently completed an NIMH-funded implementation science pilot study in Brazil which seeks to explore whether using the principals of social network analysis can enhance and accelerate the scale up of an evidence based treatment for depression among TB patients in primary care in a peri-urban city outside of Rio de Janeiro (K01 MH104514; PI: Sweetland). She was also awarded the Presidential Global Innovation Award at Columbia University through which, together with Dr. Marcelo Mello from the Federal University of Sao Paulo, they are creating a blended e-learning platform that will harness cognitive science and technology to assist in the training of non-specialist health workers to deliver Interpersonal Counseling, a brief evidenced-based psychological intervention in low resource settings in Brazil (PI: Sweetland & Mello).Throughout her global mental health research career, she's subspecialized in implementation and dissemination science, cross-cultural measurement of psychiatric disorders, transcultural adaptation of evidence based interventions, e-learning, mobile technology to enhance data driven health planning, and sustainable development.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences (in Psychiatry)

Administrative Titles

  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair, TB and Mental Health Working Group, International Union Against TB and Lung Disease
  • Editorial Board, PLOS ONE


  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 1998 Psychology, Wesleyan University
  • MSW, 2002 Social Work, University of California, Berkeley
  • DrPH, 2010 Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Fellowship: 2012 Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Fellowship: 2015 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Honors & Awards

Gray Matters Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons


Research Interests

  • Cross-cultural measurement of psychiatric disorders
  • Dissemination and implementation science
  • Evidence-based training using educational technologies
  • Global Mental Health
  • Tuberculosis and depression


Harnessing the science of e-learning to increase access to mental health care in Brazil

Presidential Global Innovation Fund, Columbia University

Integrating evidence-based depression treatment in primary care: Tuberculosis in Brazil as a model
National Institute of Mental Health, K01 Career Development Award in Global Mental Health

Depression biomarkers in latent and active TB (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Rio de Janeiro State Research Foundation (FAPERJ)/Columbia Global Centers - Rio de Janeiro

Mobile Community Mapping to Integrate Evidence-Based Depression Treatment in Primary Care in Brazil: A Pilot Project (Itaborai, Brazil)
Rio de Janeiro State Research Foundation (FAPERJ)/Columbia Global Centers - Rio de Janeiro

Selected Publications

Sweetland, A. C., Galea, J., Shin, S. S., Driver, C., Dlodlo, R. A., Karpati, A., Wainberg, M. L. (2019) Integrating TB and Mental Health Services: Global Receptivity of National TB Program Directors. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 23(5):600-605.

Galea JT, Monedero-Recuero I, Sweetland AC (2019). Beyond screening: a call for the routine integration of mental health care with tuberculosis treatment. P

Sweetland, A. C., Norcini Pala, A., Mootz, J., Kao, J. C., Carlson, C., Oquendo, M. A., Belkin, G., Wainberg, M. L. (2019) Food insecurity, mental distress, and suicidal ideation in rural Africa: Evidence from Nigeria, Uganda, and Ghana. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. 65(1):20-27.

Carlson C, Sweetland A, Wainberg M. (2018). Ethical challenges in global mental health clinical trials. Lancet Psychiatry. 5(11):866-867.

Sweetland A, Jaramillo E, Wainberg M, et al. (2018). Tuberculosis: An opportunity to integrate mental health services into primary care in low-resource settings. Lancet Psychiatry 5(12):952-954

Sweetland, A. C., Kritski, A., Oquendo, M. A., Sublette, M. E., Norcini Pala, A., Bastista Silva, L. R., Karpati, A., Silva, E. C., Moraes, M. O., Lapa e Silva, J. R., Wainberg, M. L. (2017). Addressing the TB-depression syndemic to end the TB epidemic. International Journal Against TB and Lung Disease. 21(8): 852-861.

Matsuzaka, C. T., Wainberg, M. L., Norcini Pala, A., Hoffman, E. V., Coimbra, B., Braga, R. F., Sweetland, A. C., Mello, M. F. (2017). Task shifting Interpersonal Counseling for depression: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial in primary care. BMC Psychiatry. 17:225.

Sweetland, A., Oquendo, M. A., Carlson, C., Magidson, J. F., Wainberg, M. L. (2016) Mental health research in the global era: Training the next generation, Academic Psychiatry, 40(4), 715-720.

Sweetland, A., Oquendo, M., Wickramaratne, P., Weissman, M., Wainberg, M. (2014). Depression: A silent driver of the tuberculosis epidemic. World Psychiatry, 13(3):325-326.

Sweetland, A., Oquendo, M., Vermund, S., Fortunato, P., Sidat, M, Duarte, C., Arbuckle, M., Wainberg, M. (2014). Closing the mental health treatment gap by building research capacity in low-income settings: Mozambique as a case example. Annals of Global Health. 80(2): 126-33

Sweetland, A., Belkin, G. & Verdeli, H. (2014). Measuring depression and anxiety in sub-Saharan Africa. Depression & Anxiety, 31(3):223-32.

Sweetland, A. , & Cohen, A. (2009). Community diagnosis: Qualitative research methods to inform intervention design (Spanish). In J. Rodriguez (Ed.), Themes of Mental Health in the Community, 2nd Edition. Washington: Pan American Health Organization.

Acha, J., Sweetland, A. , Guerra, D., Chalco, K., Castillo, H., Palacios, E. (2007). Psychosocial support groups for patients with MDR-TB: Five years of experience, Global Public Health, 2(4):404-417.

Sweetland, A. , Lazarus, R., Freeman, M., Saloner, K. (2005). Mental health and HIV/AIDS: Psychosocial support groups in anti-retroviral (ARV) therapy programmes. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization.

Vega, P., Sweetland, A., Acha, J., Castillo, H., Guerra, D., Smith Fawzi, M.C. Shin, S. (2004) Psychiatric issues in the management of MDR-TB. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 8(6): 749-759.

Sweetland, A. Acha, J., & Guerra, D. (2002). Enhancing adherence: The role of group psychotherapy in the treatment of MDR-TB in urban Peru. In Cohen, A., Kleinman, A., & Saraceno, B. (Editors.) World Mental Health Casebook: Mental Health and Social Services in Low-Income Countries, pp. 51-79, New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.