Victoria Ngo, PhD

Director, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy Center for Innovation in Mental Health

Victoria is an Associate Professor at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and Director of the CUNY Center for Innovation in Mental Health and the Global Mental Health Director for the CUNY Center for Immigrants, Refugee, and Global Health. Also a clinical psychologist, her research focuses on developing mental health interventions and implementation strategies to promote access and quality of care to high-risk and underserved populations worldwide. Dr. Ngo specializes in implementation strategies for mental health task-shifting and the use of community participatory methods to increase access to evidence-based mental health interventions and sustainable integration of mental health services into non-mental health settings including primary care, maternal health, HIV, cancer care, schools, and other community-based settings. She has led several NIH and Grand Challenges of Canada funded task-shifting intervention studies in Vietnam, including the Multi-Component Collaborative Care for Depression (MCCD), Livelihood Integration for Effective Depression Management (LIFE-DM), and currently leading a scale-up of depression care services in Vietnam. In addition, she serves as a Senior Technical Advisor for USAIDS Victims of Torture Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Trauma Impacted Communities Grant portfolio. In New York City, she serves as an expert consultant to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for several mental health initiatives and currently working on various efforts related to addressing mental health needs related to COVID-19.


Professional Expertise


Health promotion/education, Public health, Psychology, Social work, Social and behavioral sciences


Addiction/substance abuse, Common mental health conditions, Economic development/livelihood, LGBTQ health, Maternal and child health, Non-communicable diseases, Primary health care, Resilience, Severe mental health conditions, Stress and coping, Trauma

Methodological Areas

Community engagement and CBPR, Efficacy/effectiveness trials, Economic evaluation, Grant and proposal writing, Human-centered design/design thinking/innovation techniques, Implementation science, Intervention development and testing, Measurement/psychometrics, mHealth/eHealth, Program evaluation, Qualitative methods, Quantitative methods, Survey development, Systematic review/metaanalyses

Strategies expertise

Advocacy, Community engagement, Capacity building, Decision supports, Dissemination and implementation, Health promotion, Health technology, Quality improvement, Partnership development, Supervision and coaching, Task shifting/sharing

Intervention Expertise

Anti-stigma interventions, Mental health awareness/promotion, Parenting interventions, Psychosocial skills, Support groups, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Behavioral activation, Problem solving therapy

Partnership Expertise

Community-based organizations/coalitions, Faith-based organizations, For-profit organizations/corporations, Funding agencies, Government agencies, Health departments/health agencies, Hospitals/health systems, International NGOs, Schools and universities