Alan Berkman

Alan Berkman, MD, is associate professor of ppidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health.

Alan Berkman, MD (Columbia P&S), has had a long career in community medicine and was Medical Director of Highbridge-Woodycrest Center, a 90-bed skilled nursing facility for adults and children with AIDS, for nine years. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in HIV prevention at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the NYS Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University.

Dr. Berkman has developed and tested behavioral interventions to prevent HIV and other STIs in men with severe mental illness. In addition, he has developed a comprehensive program at Highbridge-Woodycrest for the care of patients with both AIDS and severe mental illness. He has served as a consultant to the Directorate of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in South Africa on matters relating to HIV and the mentally ill.

Dr. Berkman has played a significant role in focusing increased attention on the introduction of antiretroviral treatment in resource-limited settings. He currently serves as a consultant to the secretariat of the MTCT-Plus Initiative. His research interests include: HIV treatments in resource-limited settings; interaction of HIV treatment and prevention; HIV prevention and care in people with severe mental illness.