Jana Chihai, PhD

Jana Chihai, PhD is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, Associate Professor in Psychiatry Department of State Medical and Pharmaceutical University Nicolae Testemitanu in Chisinau, and senior Mental Health Advisor in Trimbos Institute Moldova, project MENSANA. She is the president of National Society of Psychiatrists, Narcologists, Psychotherapist and Clinical Psychologists. Dr. Chihai studied medicine and psychiatry, received psychotherapeutic specialization in European School of Psychotherapy, Socio- and Somatoanalysis in Strasbourg, France and Association of Integrative Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology, Iasi, Romania. Since 2000 she promoted a new approach in mental health – Community-based services and is very implicated in mental health reform in Republic of Moldova.

Email: jana.chihai@usmf.md

Professional Expertise




Common mental health conditions, Gender-based violence and intimate partner violence, Grief and loss, Severe mental health conditions, Stress and coping, Trauma

Methodological Areas

Community engagement and CBPR, Grant and proposal writing, Measurement/psychometrics, mHealth/eHealth

Strategies expertise

Decision supports, Intervention scale-up, Supervision and coaching

Intervention Expertise

Anti-stigma interventions, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Mental health awareness/promotion, Mindfulness/meditation, Psychosocial skills, Psychopharmacological treatment

Partnership Expertise

Community-based organizations/coalitions, Hospitals/health systems, Professional associations