Ivan C. Balán, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Dr. Ivan Balán focuses his research on global HIV prevention, Latino mental health, LGBT mental health, and motivational interviewing interventions.

Dr. Balán is a graduate of Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the California School of Professional Psychology (graduate). Over his 25 years at the Columbia University Medical Center, he has worked as a clinician and researcher.  His research has been published in over 60 professional journals and he has developed numerous intervention manuals including Options in HIV Prevention:  A Participant-Centered Counseling Approach for women in Sub-Saharan Africa using the Dapivarine vaginal ring for HIV prevention, Participant-Centered Adherence Counseling to support adherence to novel biomedical HIV prevention approaches among men who have sex with men,  Substance Use Comorbidity Care: Evidence-Based Stepped Care Strategies for Depression, Motivational Behavioral Activation Therapy for Depression, Integrated Treatment for Problem Gambling, and Motivational Enhancement Therapy for Psychiatric Referral.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association and of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) organization and served as the Chair of the MINT International Advisory Committee.