MEDICAL SERVICES

EDUCATION

Graduate Degree

  • University of Rochester , 1961 , Rochester , NY

Medical School

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine , 1965 , New York , NY

Internship

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia , 1966 , Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Graduate Degree

  • Massachusetts Mental Health Center , 1968 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

  • Boston Children's Hospital/Judge Baker Guidance Center , 1970 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

Entering into Psychiatry, I always wanted to be a child psychiatrist. My interests were in how children responded to stress and I pursued research in this area. Most of my time as a young child psychiatrist was spent doing Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital. My focus was largely on surgery and particularly on plastic and reconstructive surgery. It was in this area where I developed a special interest in body image. The rest of my career has been largely devoted to administration and global child mental health including 5 years at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

PUBLICATIONS

Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Skokauskas N, Lavelle TA, Munir K, Sampaio F, Nystrand C, McCrone P, McDaid D, Chisholm D, Byford S, Ganguli P, Feldman I, Belfer M. The cost of child and adolescent mental health services. Lancet Psychiatry. 2018 Apr; 5(4):299-300. View abstract
  2. Omigbodun OO, Belfer ML. Building research capacity for child and adolescent mental health in Africa. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health. 2016; 10(1):27. View abstract
  3. Belfer ML. Beyond Surgery: Treating the Whole Person. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2015 Dec; 73(12 Suppl):S17-9. View abstract
  4. Wiguna T, Ismail RI, Noorhana SR, Kaligis F, Aji AN, Belfer ML. Family responses to a child with schizophrenia: An Indonesian experience. Asian J Psychiatr. 2015 Dec; 18:66-9. View abstract
  5. Lee C, Du YB, Christina D, Palfrey J, O'Rourke E, Belfer M. Displacement as a predictor of functional impairment in tsunami-exposed children. Disasters. 2015 Jan; 39(1):86-107. View abstract
  6. Belfer ML. Global child health. J Paediatr Child Health. 2013 Sep; 49(9):E355-6. View abstract
  7. Kieling C, Belfer M. Opportunity and challenge: the situation of child and adolescent mental health in Brazil. Rev Bras Psiquiatr. 2012 Oct; 34(3):241-2. View abstract
  8. Wiguna T, Setyawati Wr N, Kaligis F, Belfer ML. Learning Difficulties and Working Memory Deficits among Primary School Students in Jakarta, Indonesia. Clin Psychopharmacol Neurosci. 2012 Aug; 10(2):105-9. View abstract
  9. Ibeziako PI, Belfer ML, Demaso DR. Implementing a global child mental health observership program in a children's hospital: lessons learned. Acad Psychiatry. 2012 Jul 01; 36(4):330-4. View abstract
  10. Du YB, Lee CT, Christina D, Belfer ML, Betancourt TS, O'Rourke EJ, Palfrey JS. The living environment and children's fears following the Indonesian tsunami. Disasters. 2012 Jul; 36(3):495-513. View abstract
  11. Kieling C, Baker-Henningham H, Belfer M, Conti G, Ertem I, Omigbodun O, Rohde LA, Srinath S, Ulkuer N, Rahman A. Child and adolescent mental health worldwide: evidence for action. Lancet. 2011 Oct 22; 378(9801):1515-25. View abstract
  12. Morris J, Belfer M, Daniels A, Flisher A, Villé L, Lora A, Saxena S. Treated prevalence of and mental health services received by children and adolescents in 42 low-and-middle-income countries. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2011 Dec; 52(12):1239-46. View abstract
  13. Fisher J, Cabral de Mello M, Izutsu T, Vijayakumar L, Belfer M, Omigbodun O. Adolescent Mental Health in Resource-Constrained Settings: A review of the evidence of the nature, prevalence and determinants of common mental health problems and their management in primary health care. Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2011 Mar; 57(1 Suppl):v-vii, 9-116. View abstract
  14. Hamoda HM, Belfer ML. Challenges in international collaboration in child and adolescent psychiatry. J Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2010 Dec; 22(2):83-9. View abstract
  15. Belfer ML. What are the principles that should guide mental health policies in countries of low and middle income? Rev Bras Psiquiatr. 2010 Sep; 32(3):206-9. View abstract
  16. Ibeziako P, Bella T, Omigbodun O, Belfer M. Teachers' perspectives of mental health needs in Nigerian schools. J Child Adolescent Mental Health. 2009; 21(2):147-156. View abstract
  17. Ibeziako P, Bella T, Omigbodun O, Belfer M. Teachers' perspectives of mental health needs in Nigerian schools. J Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2009 Dec; 21(2):147-56. View abstract
  18. Belfer ML, Harrison AM, Pillemer FG. Skills of the surgeon, eye of an artist, mind of the analyst. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Mar; 20 Suppl 1:587-9. View abstract
  19. Eisenberg L, Belfer M. Prerequisites for global child and adolescent mental health. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2009 Jan; 50(1-2):26-35. View abstract
  20. Myron L Belfer. Where goes child and adolescent psychiatry?. J Child Adolescent Mental Health. 2009; 21(1):v-vi. View abstract
  21. Myron L Belfer. Declaration of the Consortium for Global Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health. J Child Adolescent Mental Health. 2009; 21(1):vii-viii. View abstract
  22. Belfer ML, Dkeidek A. Child Psychiatry as a Social Medicine Discipline: Trends in Child Mental Health Services. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Guotai Tao, Yi Zheng, Wei-Tsuen Soong (Eds). 2008; 440-445. View abstract
  23. Shatkin, JP, Balloge, N, Belfer, ML. Child and adolescent mental health policy worldwide: an update. International Psychiatry. 2008; 5(4):81-84. View abstract
  24. Hsia RY, Belfer ML. A framework for the economic analysis of child and adolescent mental disorders. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2008 Jun; 20(3):251-9. View abstract
  25. Belfer ML. A global perspective on child and adolescent mental health. Editorial. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2008 Jun; 20(3):215-6. View abstract
  26. Belfer ML. La sante mentale globale de l'infant: repondre aux besoins presents et future. Neuropsychiatrie de l'enfance et de l'adolescence. 2008; 56:273-277. View abstract
  27. Belfer ML. Child and adolescent mental disorders: the magnitude of the problem across the globe. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2008 Mar; 49(3):226-36. View abstract
  28. Belfer ML. Critical review of world policies for mental healthcare for children and adolescents. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2007 Jul; 20(4):349-52. View abstract
  29. Morris J, van Ommeren M, Belfer M, Saxena S, Saraceno B. Children and the Sphere standard on mental and social aspects of health. Disasters. 2007 Mar; 31(1):71-90. View abstract
  30. Belfer ML, Nurcombe B. The Epidemiology and Burden of Child and Adolescent Mental Disorder. In: The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents: An area of global neglect. Remscmidt H, Nurcombe B, Belfer ML, Okasha A, Sartorius N (Eds). 2007; 27-42. View abstract
  31. Belfer ML, Remschmidt H, Nurcombe B, Okasha A, Sartorius N. A Global Programme for Child and Adolescent Mental Health: A Challenge in the New Millenium. In: The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents: An area of global neglect, Remschmidt H, Nurcombe B, Belfer ML, Okasha A, Sartorius N (Eds). 2007; 1-12. View abstract
  32. Myron L Belfer. Eine allgemeine Einschatzung von Versorgungssystemen und-einrichtungen. In: Entwicklungspsychiatrie. Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Resch F, Schulte-Markwort M, Warnke A (eds). 2007; 450-455. View abstract
  33. Remschmidt H, Nurcombe B, Belfer, ML, Sartorius N, Okasha A. The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents: An area of global neglect. 2007. View abstract
  34. Whitman, CV, Belfer M, Oommen, M et al. The Role of International Organizations to Promote School-based Mental Health. Advances in School-based Mental Health Interventions Evans SW, Weist MD, Serpell ZN (eds). 2007; 22-1 to 22-17. View abstract
  35. Belfer ML, Eisenbruch M. International Child and Adolescent Mental Health Review. Lewis's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook. Andres Martin and Fred R Volkmar, (Eds). 2007; 87-101. View abstract
  36. Belfer ML. Caring for children and adolescents in the aftermath of natural disasters. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2006 Dec; 18(6):523-8. View abstract
  37. Belfer ML, Saxena S. WHO Child Atlas project. Lancet. 2006 Feb 18; 367(9510):551-2. View abstract
  38. Fleischmann A, Bertolote JM, Belfer M, Beautrais A. Completed suicide and psychiatric diagnoses in young people: a critical examination of the evidence. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2005 Oct; 75(4):676-83. View abstract
  39. Remschmidt H, Belfer M. Mental health care for children and adolescents worldwide: a review. World Psychiatry. 2005 Oct; 4(3):147-53. View abstract
  40. Belfer ML, Rohde LA. Child and adolescent mental health in Latin America and the Caribbean: problems, progress, and policy research. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2005 Oct-Nov; 18(4-5):359-65. View abstract
  41. Belfer M. International Child Mental Health. Perspectives in Cross-cultural Psychiatry Georgiopoulos AM, Rosenbaum JF (eds). 2005; 255-280. View abstract
  42. Atlas: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources. Atlas: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources. 2005. View abstract
  43. Belfer ML. Global Policy for Child Mental Health: Policy, Politics and Practice. Mental Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Need and Strategies for Intervention. Malhotra S (ed). 2005; 277-282. View abstract
  44. Belfer ML. Child and adolescent mental health around the world: Challenges for progress. Journal of the Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2005; 1(1):31-36. View abstract
  45. Sharan P, Saxena S, Belfer ML. Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Mental Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Need and Strategies for Intervention. Malhotra S (ed). 2005; 283-297. View abstract
  46. Remschmidt H, Belfer ML, Goodyer I. Facilitating Pathways. 2004. View abstract
  47. Belfer M. Systems of Care: A Global Perspective. Facilitating Pathways: Care, Treatment and Prevention in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Remschmidt H, Belfer ML, Goodyer I (eds). 2004; 16 - 26. View abstract
  48. Belfer ML. Psychological Preparation of the Child Undergoing a Maxillofacial Surgical Procedure. Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Kaban LB, Troulis MJ (eds). 2004; 37-49. View abstract
  49. Shatkin JP, Belfer ML. The global absence of child and adolescent mental health policy. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2004; 9:104-108. View abstract
  50. Belfer ML. An international perspective on mental health policy and services for children and adolescents. Revue Medicale Libanaise. 2003; 15(4):230. View abstract
  51. St John D, Pai L, Belfer ML, Mulliken JB. Effects of a child with a craniofacial anomaly on stability of the parental relationship. J Craniofac Surg. 2003 Sep; 14(5):704-8. View abstract
  52. Munir K, Belfer ML. HIV and AIDS: Global and United States Perspectives. Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Wiener JM, Dulcan MK (eds). 2003; 869-890. View abstract
  53. Caring for Children with Mental Disorders: Setting WHO Directions. 2003. View abstract
  54. Belfer M. Caring for Children and Adolescents with Mental Disorders: Setting WHO Directions. 2003. View abstract
  55. Belfer ML. International Perspectives on Child Psychiatry. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook. Lewis M (ed). 2002; 1352-1360. View abstract
  56. Belfer ML. Epidemiology of child and adolescent mental disorders: A cross-cultural perspective. Brain, Culture & Development. Young, GJ, Ferrari P, Malhotra S, et al (eds). 2002; 131-140. View abstract
  57. Belfer ML. Cultural and societal influences in child and adolescent psychiatry. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 2001. View abstract
  58. Belfer ML. Through Children's Eyes. 2001. View abstract
  59. Nakamura Y, Mulliken JB, Belfer ML. Cross-cultural understanding of aesthetic surgery: the male cosmetic surgery patient in japan and the USA. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2000 Jul-Aug; 24(4):283-8. View abstract
  60. Belfer ML. Body image: development and distortion. Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Levine MD, Carey WmB, Crocker AC (eds). 1999; 443-451. View abstract
  61. Belfer ML, Fine P. Foster Care. Basic Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Noshpitz JD, Alessi NE (eds). 1998; 111-124. View abstract
  62. Belfer ML, Munir K. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Wiener JM (ed). 1997; 711-725. View abstract
  63. Johnson EM, Belfer ML. Substance abuse and violence: cause and consequence. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 1995; 6(2):113-21; discussion 121-3. View abstract
  64. Belfer ML, Heggenhougen K. Substance abuse. World Mental Health: Problems, Priorities and Responses in Low Income Countries. Desjarlais R, Eisenberg L, Good B, Kleinman A (eds). 1995; 87-115. View abstract
  65. Blume SB, Belfer M, Gill DJ, Ling W, Stephens PS. Psychiatric Services for Addicted Patients. 1995. View abstract
  66. Belfer ML. Substance abuse with psychiatric illness in children and adolescents: definition and terminology. Psychiatria Hungarica. 1994; 9(5):441-450. View abstract
  67. Belfer ML. Substance abuse with psychiatric illness in children and adolescents: definitions and terminology. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1993 Jan; 63(1):70-9. View abstract
  68. Belfer ML. Body image: Impacts and distortions. Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Levine MD, Carey WB, Crocker AC (eds). 1992; 421-427. View abstract
  69. Sugar JA, Belfer M, Israel E, Herzog DB. A 3-year-old boy's chronic diarrhea and unexplained death. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1991 Nov; 30(6):1015-21. View abstract
  70. Sugar JA, Belfer ML, Israel E, Herzog DB. A 3 year old boy's chronic diarrhea and unexplained death. J American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 1991; 30:1015-1021. View abstract
  71. Belfer ML, Munir K. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Wiener JM (ed). 1991; 495-506. View abstract
  72. Belfer ML. Psychopathology, normality, and creativity in adolescence. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 1990 Sep; 13(3):557-61. View abstract
  73. Dugan TF, Belfer ML. Suicide in children: diagnosis, management, and treatment. Suicide: Understanding and Responding. Jacobs D, Brown HN (eds). 1989; 123-142. View abstract
  74. Belfer ML. Psychiatric aspects of day care. Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry. Kaplan HI, Saddock BJ (eds). 1989; 1955-1958. View abstract
  75. Belfer ML, Krener PK, Miller FB. AIDS in children and adolescents. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1988 Mar; 27(2):147-51. View abstract
  76. Belfer ML. The wish to die: a statement of purpose. Children and Death. Schowalter JE et al (eds). 1987; 133-136. View abstract
  77. Belfer ML. Psychological consideration of the plastic surgery patient. Fundamentals of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Sohn,SA (ed). 1987; 9-13. View abstract
  78. Grunebaum H, Belfer ML. What family therapists might learn from child psychiatry. Journal Marial and Family Therapy. 1986; 12:415-423. View abstract
  79. Belfer ML. Psychological impact of AIDS on children. Viewpoints. 1986. View abstract
  80. Reinherz H, Walker DK, Gordon AL, Belfer M, Ramsey L. Clinical assessments and maternal judgments: concurrent and predictive relationships. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1984 Apr; 54(2):236-249. View abstract
  81. Reinherz H, Walker DK, Gordon AC, Belfer ML, Ramsey L. Clinical assessments and parental judgment: concurrent and predictive relationships. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 1984; 54:236-249. View abstract
  82. Belfer ML. The wish to die: a statement of purpose. Arch Foundation of Thanatology. 1984; 10:1. View abstract
  83. Belfer ML. Self-esteem related to body image change in children with craniofacial deformity. The Development and Sustaining of Self-Esteem in Childhood. Mack JE, Ablon SL (eds). 1984; 103-121. View abstract
  84. Belfer ML. Discussion on: Gifford S: Cosmetic surgery and personality change: a review and some clinical observations. The Unfavorable Result in Plastic Surgery. Goldwyn RM (ed). 1984; 44-45. View abstract
  85. Belfer ML. Suicide in children and adolescents. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1983 Apr; 1(1):201-6. View abstract
  86. Belfer ML, Lukens PH. Body image: Impacts and Distortions. Behavioral Pediatrics. Levine MD, Carey WB,Crocker AC, Gross RT (eds). 1983; 623-632. View abstract
  87. Belfer ML, Harrison AM, Pillemer FC, Murray JE. Appearance and the influence of reconstructive surgery on body image. Clin Plast Surg. 1982 Jul; 9(3):307-15. View abstract
  88. Belfer ML, Kaban LB. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction with facial pain in children. Pediatrics. 1982 May; 69(5):564-7. View abstract
  89. Shaw L, Levine MD, Belfer ML. Developmental double jeorpardy: a study of clumsiness and self-esteem in learning disabled children. Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. 1982; 3(4):191-196. View abstract
  90. Kaban LB, Belfer ML. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction: an occasional manifestation of serious psychopathology. J Oral Surg. 1981 Oct; 39(10):742-6. View abstract
  91. Belfer ML. Discussion on: Lemperle G and Radu D: Facial plastic surgery in children with Down's Syndrome. Journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 1980; 66:343-344. View abstract
  92. Murray JE, Mulliken JB, Kaban LB, Belfer M. Twenty year experience in maxillocraniofacial surgery. An evaluation of early surgery on growth, function and body image. Ann Surg. 1979 Sep; 190(3):320-31. View abstract
  93. Mason JW, Buescher EL, Belfer ML, Artenstein MS, Mougey EH. A prospective study of corticosteroid and catecholamine levels in relation to viral respiratory illness. J Human Stress. 1979 Sep; 5(3):18-28. View abstract
  94. Belfer ML, Harrison AM, Murray JE. Body image and the process of reconstructive surgery. Am J Dis Child. 1979 May; 133(5):532-5. View abstract
  95. Belfer ML, Mulliken JB, Cochran TC. Cosmetic surgery as an antecedent of life change. Am J Psychiatry. 1979 Feb; 136(2):199-201. View abstract
  96. Belfer ML. Psychotropic medication in acute psychiatric disturbances in children. Journal of Family Practice. 1979; 8:503-507. View abstract
  97. Belfer ML. The infant with illness. Basic Handbook of Child Psychiatry. Noshpitz J (ed). 1979; 4:92-94. View abstract
  98. Belfer ML. Post-partum issues in prevention. Basic Handbook of Child Psychiatry. 1979; 4:77-86. View abstract
  99. Murray JE, Mullken JB, Kaban LB, Belfer ML. Twenty year experience in maxillo-craniofacial surgery. Annals Surgery. 1979; 190:320-330. View abstract
  100. Belfer ML. The effect of foster homes and institutionalization on infants and children. Basic Handbook of Child Psychiatry, Noshpitz J (ed). 1979; 4:94-101. View abstract
  101. Belfer ML. Prematurity and problems of early mother-infant bonding. Basic Handbook of Child Psychiatry. Noshpitz J (ed). 1979; 4:90-92. View abstract
  102. Belfer ML. Psychiatric Emergencies. The Critically Ill Child. Smith CS (ed). 1977. View abstract
  103. Belfer ML. The child advocacy concept: from a praiseworthy idea to practical demise. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1976 Dec; 27(12):880-1. View abstract
  104. Belfer ML, Shader RI. Premenstrual factors as determinants of alcoholism in women. Alcoholism Problems in Women and Children. Greenblatt M, Schuckit M (eds). 1976; 94-102. View abstract
  105. Belfer ML. Report on purgation through pity and terror by William Binstock, MD. J Phila Assoc Psychoanalysis. 1976; 3:93-95. View abstract
  106. Belfer ML. Mothers of children in day care. Child Welfare. 1974; 53:366-372. View abstract
  107. Belfer ML, Brown BS. Juvenile delinquency. Maternal and child health practice, problems, resources, and methods of delivery. Wallace HM, Gold EM, Liss E (eds). 1974; 868-883. View abstract
  108. Belfer ML. Communication process. Mental Health Digest. 1972; 4:9. View abstract
  109. Belfer ML, Shader RI, Carroll M, Harmatz JS. Alcoholism in women. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971 Dec; 25(6):540-4. View abstract
  110. Belfer ML, D'Autremont CC. Catatonia-like symptomatology: an interesting case. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971 Feb; 24(2):119-20. View abstract
  111. Shader RI, Belfer ML, DiMascio A. Glucose metabolism. Psychotropic Drug Side Effects. Shader RI and DiMascio A (eds). 1970; 46-62. View abstract
  112. Shader RI, Belfer ML, DiMascio A. Thyroid function. Psychotropic Drug Side Effects. Shader RI and DiMascio A (eds). 1970; 25-45. View abstract
  113. Belfer ML, Shader RI. Autonomic Effects. Psychotropic Drug Side Effects. Shader RI and DiMascio (eds). 1970; 116-123. View abstract
  114. Belfer ML. Stress-tempered antibiotic response. N Engl J Med. 1968 Oct 31; 279(18):1002. View abstract
  115. Belfer ML, Shader RI, Di Mascio A, Harmatz JS, Nahum JP. Stress and bronchitis. Br Med J. 1968 Sep 28; 3(5621):805-6. View abstract
  116. Shader RI, Belfer ML, DiMascio A. Endocrine effects of psychotropic drugs: V. Pituitary-thyroid axis. Conn Med. 1968 Sep; 32(9):679-84 passim. View abstract
  117. Shader RI, Belfer ML, DiMascio A. Endocrine effects of psychotropic drugs. 3. Glucose metabolism. Conn Med. 1968 May; 32(5):389-94. View abstract
  118. Belfer ML. Stress-tempered antibiotic response. NEJM. 1968; 279:1002. View abstract
  119. Mason JW, Beuscher E, Belfer ML, et al. Pre-illness hormonal changes in army recruits with upper respiratory infection. Psychosomatic Medicine. 1967; 29:545. View abstract
  120. Ader R, Belfer ML. Prenatal maternal anxiety and emotionalality of offspring. Psychological Reports. 1962; 10:711-718. View abstract
  121. Ader R, Belfer ML. Emotional behavior in the rat as a function of maternal emotionality. Psychological Reports. 1962; 10:349-350. View abstract