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Ippolytos Kalofonos, MD, PhD, MPH

Ippolytos Kalofonos, MD, PhD, MPH is a practicing psychiatrist and a medical anthropologist. He is jointly appointed as an Assistant Professor in the UCLA Center for Social Medicine and the Humanities the UCLA International Institute as well as the Department of Psychiatry at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center (WLA VAMC). He is an attending psychiatrist at the WLA VAMC. As a clinician, he performs both medication-management and psychotherapy for psychosis. He is also co-leading a Hearing Voices group at the psychosis clinic and is adapting this approach to reduce self-stigma and isolation, and build community and solidarity amongst Veterans who struggle with both severe mental illness and homelessness. He has previously studied individual, family, and community perceptions and experiences of first episode psychosis in the Latino community of San Fernando Valley. He also has conducted ethnographic research with a residential program for youth experiencing psychosis in Anchorage, Alaska. His past research investigated community responses to AIDS treatment in Central Mozambique, particularly focusing on experiences of hunger and the role of livelihood in recovery from AIDS.