Dr. Obianuju “Uju” ObiDr. Obianuju “Uju” Obi

A psychiatry resident at Columbia University, Dr. Obi graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University – with both her undergraduate degree and medical degrees – from the history and science departments and from the Department of Mind, Brain and Behavior.

Her training includes positions as a Public Health and Epidemiology Fellow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she conducted epidemiological research on developmental disabilities (autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities) in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

Dr. Obi also served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Surgeon General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she served as a Research Assistant in the Office of Global Health Affairs and served on U.S. Government Task force to the International Health Regulations Revising effort. (The new regulations were adopted by the World Health Organization in May 2005).

A second-generation Nigerian, Dr. Obi’s core interests include work with the international community of public health scholars and practitioners to prevent violence and to control its traumatic effects on immigrant communities. She has received several prestigious honors, including the Leah J. Dickstein, M.D. Award and the Zuckerman Award. She also was a Susan Blumenthal Scholar at Harvard Medical School.

Before joining IDVAAC’s steering committee, Dr. Obi had been an IDVAAC research assistant since 2006.