Francine Cournos is a holder of an M.D. degree. Cournos serves as a Professor of clinical psychiatry in epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY, USA, and as a Principal Investigator at the New York and New Jersey AIDS Education and Training Center, New York, NY, USA. She has been working on the interface of HIV and mental illness, since 1983. Cournos has published the first seroprevalence study to document the elevated rates of HIV infection in people with severe mental illness and worked on numerous clinical practice guidelines and policies on HIV-related mental health issues for the New York State AIDS Institute, New York, NY, USA; the American Psychiatric Association; and the World Health Organization. Cournos has published more than 130 articles and book chapters, the majority of which focused on mental health and HIV. She has given more than one thousand local, national, and international talks. In addition, for 32 years between 1978 and 2010, Cournos has served as the Director of the Washington Heights Community Service, NY, USA, a bilingual program for people with severe mental illness residing in Northern Manhattan.
Biography Updated on 20 December 2013