Jana Chihai, PhD

Dr. Jana Chihai stands as a luminary in the field of psychiatry and psychotherapy, showcasing exceptional academic and scientific prowess. Serving as an Associate Professor at the State Medical and Pharmaceutical University Nicolae Testemitanu in Chisinau, Moldova, her contributions span over 20 years of dedicated scientific and scientific-didactic activities. A stalwart in mental health reforms, Dr. Chihai has been a key figure in steering Moldova towards community-based services since 2000. Her academic journey includes roles such as President of the National Society of Psychiatrists, Narcologists, Psychotherapists, and Clinical Psychologists, attesting to her leadership in shaping the mental health landscape. Internationally, Dr. Chihai has been a National Expert in Mental Health for the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2000, symbolizing her commitment to global mental health initiatives. Active involvement in projects like HORIZON 2020 underlines her influence beyond national borders. Her scientific footprint includes a prolific 61 publications, comprising articles, chapters in manuals, and clinical protocols. Engaging in approximately 130 international and national conferences, including 29 as a presenter in the last 5 years, further highlights her commitment to advancing knowledge and sharing expertise. Participation in international scientific societies such as the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) and the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) attests to her global influence. In summary, Dr. Jana Chihai’s illustrious career is characterized by her unwavering commitment to advancing mental health practices, her dynamic role in academic leadership, and her substantial contributions to scientific knowledge and education.

Email: jana.chihai@USMF.MD

Professional Expertise


Health policy and management, Health promotion/education, Psychology, Psychiatry, Pyscotherapy


Addiction/substance abuse, Climate change, Gender-based violence and intimate partner violence, Grief and loss, Resilience, Severe mental health conditions, Stress and coping, Trauma

Methodological Areas

Grant and proposal writing, Intervention development and testing, Program evaluation, Quantitative methods, Research evaluation methods

Strategies expertise

Advocacy, Health promotion, Intervention scale-up, Supervision and coaching

Intervention Expertise

Anti-stigma interventions, Behavioral activation, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Health system interventions, Mindfulness/meditation, Psychosocial skills, Psychopharmacological treatment

Partnership Expertise

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