Davide Papola

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Research Scholarship Holders
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow
Section of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology
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Dr. Davide Papola (MD, PhD) is a psychiatrist and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, holding a joint appointment at Harvard Medical School and the University of Verona.

Since 2016, Dr. Papola has been actively involved in Global Mental Health (GMH) as a member of the Cochrane Global Mental Health Network established in 2017 by Cochrane and based at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health and Service Evaluation, section of psychiatry (University of Verona). His expertise lies in the design and creation of systematic reviews, oriented to summarize clinical trial findings using meta-analytic techniques, and the production of evidence based clinical guidelines, covering the pathway from knowledge production to its uptake in clinical practice. In 2017, during his psychiatry residency program, he spent six months at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) supervised by Professor Gordon Guyatt to acquire knowledge in research methodology and the GRADE method in particular. In 2019, while a PhD student, he was a research fellow at the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) under the supervision of Professor Pim Cuijpers with whom he started a prolific collaboration on psychotherapy research. He has worked since 2018 as a guideline developer for the Italian National Health Institute (Istituto Superiore di Sanità) and in 2022 he provided methodological support for the update of the WHO mhGAP program. In the same year, he also led a project aimed at updating and reshaping the mental health section of the WHO Essential Medicine List, in coordination with Dr. Mark van Ommeren, head of the Mental Health Section of the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (Geneva, Switzerland). Dr. Papola currently works in the research group of Prof. Vikram Patel, at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine of Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts.


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The main research interests of the Unit include: (a) pharmaco-epidemiology, oriented to describe the beneficial and harmful effects of psychotropic drugs in ordinary practice; (b) randomized controlled trials, oriented to assess the efficacy and tolerability profile of psychotropic drugs in experimental conditions; (c) systematic reviews, oriented to summarize clinical trial findings using meta-analytical techniques.


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