Psychiatrist

Education and Specialty

Dr. Barbara Lopes Cardozo holds a Medical Degree from the University of Amsterdam, a Master's degree in Public Health from Tulane University, and a specialization in Psychiatry from Louisiana State University. For the last 20 years, she has worked as a psychiatrist and medical epidemiologist at the Emergency Response and Recovery branch (ERRB) formerly called the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, building CDC's mental health and psychosocial program in humanitarian emergencies from the ground up. She has twenty-five years of experience with a large number of publications in top peer reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences.

Professional Development

Dr. Lopes Cardozo is one of the founding members of Doctors without Borders (MSF)-Holland, winner of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize. Among the dozens of missions with direct on-the-ground involvement by Dr. Lopes Cardozo during a decade with the organization are the American Earthquake, Armero (Colombia) Volcano disaster, Peru cholera epidemic, as well as aid to victims of violent conflict in Somalia, Uganda, Haiti, and Nicaragua.

While employed at the CDC, Dr. Lopes Cardozo has conducted numerous mental health surveys and outcome evaluations of mental health programs in war-affected countries among others in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Israel, Jordan, Chechnya, and Sri Lanka. She has also conducted mental health studies among humanitarian aid workers who work in these stressful conditions. She has been a pioneer in the field of mental health in emergencies. She teaches courses on public health and mental health in emergencies at Emory University as well as the University of Washington and the Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Dr. Lopes Cardozo is also providing psychiatric care to international patients, at Grady Hospital in Atlanta.

Dr. Lopes Cardozo is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University.

Contact Information

If you would schedule an appointment with Dr. Lopes Cardozo, please contact Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals Decatur office at (404) 500-4266.