Myron Belfer, MD, MPA

Senior Associate in Psychiatry

Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Medical Services

    Specialties

    • Body Image in Children
    • Child Mental Health

    Departments

    • Psychiatry
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    Experience and Education

    Education

    Graduate School

    University of Rochester, 1961

    Rochester, NY

    Medical School

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1965

    New York, NY

    Internship

    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 1965-1966

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Residency

    Massachusetts Mental Health Center, 1966-1968

    Boston , MA

    Fellowship

    Boston Children's Hospital/Judge Baker Guidance Center, 1968-1970

    Boston, MA

    Certifications

    • Psychiatry

    Professional History

    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.

    Publications

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    1. Omigbodun OO, Belfer ML. Building research capacity for child and adolescent mental health in Africa. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health. 2016; 10(1):27.
    2. Belfer ML. Beyond Surgery: Treating the Whole Person. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2015 Dec; 73(12 Suppl):S17-9.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Belfer ML. Global child health. J Paediatr Child Health. 2013 Sep; 49(9):E355-6.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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 1; 36(4):330-4.
    9. 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.
    10. 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.
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    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    19. Eisenberg L, Belfer M. Prerequisites for global child and adolescent mental health. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2009 Jan; 50(1-2):26-35.
    20. Myron L Belfer. Where goes child and adolescent psychiatry?. J Child Adolescent Mental Health. 2009; 21(1):v-vi.
    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.
    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.
    23. Shatkin, JP, Balloge, N, Belfer, ML. Child and adolescent mental health policy worldwide: an update. International Psychiatry. 2008; 5(4):81-84.
    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.
    25. Belfer ML. A global perspective on child and adolescent mental health. Editorial. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2008 Jun; 20(3):215-6.
    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.
    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.
    28. Belfer ML. Critical review of world policies for mental healthcare for children and adolescents. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2007 Jul; 20(4):349-52.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    33. Remschmidt H, Nurcombe B, Belfer, ML, Sartorius N, Okasha A. The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents: An area of global neglect. 2007.
    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.
    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.
    36. Belfer ML. Caring for children and adolescents in the aftermath of natural disasters. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2006 Dec; 18(6):523-8.
    37. Belfer ML, Saxena S. WHO Child Atlas project. Lancet. 2006 Feb 18; 367(9510):551-2.
    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.
    39. Remschmidt H, Belfer M. Mental health care for children and adolescents worldwide: a review. World Psychiatry. 2005 Oct; 4(3):147-53.
    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.
    41. Belfer M. International Child Mental Health. Perspectives in Cross-cultural Psychiatry Georgiopoulos AM, Rosenbaum JF (eds). 2005; 255-280.
    42. Atlas: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources. Atlas: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources. 2005.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    46. Remschmidt H, Belfer ML, Goodyer I. Facilitating Pathways. 2004.
    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.
    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.
    49. Shatkin JP, Belfer ML. The global absence of child and adolescent mental health policy. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2004; 9:104-108.
    50. Belfer ML. An international perspective on mental health policy and services for children and adolescents. Revue Medicale Libanaise. 2003; 15(4):230.
    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.
    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.
    53. Caring for Children with Mental Disorders: Setting WHO Directions. 2003.
    54. Belfer M. Caring for Children and Adolescents with Mental Disorders: Setting WHO Directions. 2003.
    55. Belfer ML. International Perspectives on Child Psychiatry. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook. Lewis M (ed). 2002; 1352-1360.
    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.
    57. Belfer ML. Cultural and societal influences in child and adolescent psychiatry. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 2001.
    58. Belfer ML. Through Children's Eyes. 2001.
    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.
    60. Belfer ML. Body image: development and distortion. Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Levine MD, Carey WmB, Crocker AC (eds). 1999; 443-451.
    61. Belfer ML, Fine P. Foster Care. Basic Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Noshpitz JD, Alessi NE (eds). 1998; 111-124.
    62. Belfer ML, Munir K. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Wiener JM (ed). 1997; 711-725.
    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.
    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.
    65. Blume SB, Belfer M, Gill DJ, Ling W, Stephens PS. Psychiatric Services for Addicted Patients. 1995.
    66. Belfer ML. Substance abuse with psychiatric illness in children and adolescents: definition and terminology. Psychiatria Hungarica. 1994; 9(5):441-450.
    67. Belfer ML. Substance abuse with psychiatric illness in children and adolescents: definitions and terminology. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1993 Jan; 63(1):70-9.
    68. Belfer ML. Body image: Impacts and distortions. Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Levine MD, Carey WB, Crocker AC (eds). 1992; 421-427.
    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.
    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.
    71. Belfer ML, Munir K. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Wiener JM (ed). 1991; 495-506.
    72. Belfer ML. Psychopathology, normality, and creativity in adolescence. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 1990 Sep; 13(3):557-61.
    73. Dugan TF, Belfer ML. Suicide in children: diagnosis, management, and treatment. Suicide: Understanding and Responding. Jacobs D, Brown HN (eds). 1989; 123-142.
    74. Belfer ML. Psychiatric aspects of day care. Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry. Kaplan HI, Saddock BJ (eds). 1989; 1955-1958.
    75. Belfer ML, Krener PK, Miller FB. AIDS in children and adolescents. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1988 Mar; 27(2):147-51.
    76. Belfer ML. The wish to die: a statement of purpose. Children and Death. Schowalter JE et al (eds). 1987; 133-136.
    77. Belfer ML. Psychological consideration of the plastic surgery patient. Fundamentals of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Sohn,SA (ed). 1987; 9-13.
    78. Grunebaum H, Belfer ML. What family therapists might learn from child psychiatry. Journal Marial and Family Therapy. 1986; 12:415-423.
    79. Belfer ML. Psychological impact of AIDS on children. Viewpoints. 1986.
    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):236-49.
    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.
    82. Belfer ML. The wish to die: a statement of purpose. Arch Foundation of Thanatology. 1984; 10:1.
    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.
    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.
    85. Belfer ML. Suicide in children and adolescents. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1983 Apr; 1(1):201-6.
    86. Belfer ML, Lukens PH. Body image: Impacts and Distortions. Behavioral Pediatrics. Levine MD, Carey WB,Crocker AC, Gross RT (eds). 1983; 623-632.
    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.
    88. Belfer ML, Kaban LB. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction with facial pain in children. Pediatrics. 1982 May; 69(5):564-7.
    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.
    90. Kaban LB, Belfer ML. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction: an occasional manifestation of serious psychopathology. J Oral Surg. 1981 Oct; 39(10):742-6.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    95. Belfer ML, Mulliken JB, Cochran TC. Cosmetic surgery as an antecedent of life change. Am J Psychiatry. 1979 Feb; 136(2):199-201.
    96. Belfer ML. Psychotropic medication in acute psychiatric disturbances in children. Journal of Family Practice. 1979; 8:503-507.
    97. Belfer ML. The infant with illness. Basic Handbook of Child Psychiatry. Noshpitz J (ed). 1979; 4:92-94.
    98. Belfer ML. Post-partum issues in prevention. Basic Handbook of Child Psychiatry. 1979; 4:77-86.
    99. Murray JE, Mullken JB, Kaban LB, Belfer ML. Twenty year experience in maxillo-craniofacial surgery. Annals Surgery. 1979; 190:320-330.
    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.
    101. Belfer ML. Prematurity and problems of early mother-infant bonding. Basic Handbook of Child Psychiatry. Noshpitz J (ed). 1979; 4:90-92.
    102. Belfer ML. Psychiatric Emergencies. The Critically Ill Child. Smith CS (ed). 1977.
    103. Belfer ML. The child advocacy concept: from a praiseworthy idea to practical demise. Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1976 Dec; 27(12):880-1.
    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.
    105. Belfer ML. Report on purgation through pity and terror by William Binstock, MD. J Phila Assoc Psychoanalysis. 1976; 3:93-95.
    106. Belfer ML. Mothers of children in day care. Child Welfare. 1974; 53:366-372.
    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.
    108. Belfer ML. Communication process. Mental Health Digest. 1972; 4:9.
    109. Belfer ML, Shader RI, Carroll M, Harmatz JS. Alcoholism in women. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971 Dec; 25(6):540-4.
    110. Belfer ML, D'Autremont CC. Catatonia-like symptomatology: an interesting case. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971 Feb; 24(2):119-20.
    111. Shader RI, Belfer ML, DiMascio A. Glucose metabolism. Psychotropic Drug Side Effects. Shader RI and DiMascio A (eds). 1970; 46-62.
    112. Shader RI, Belfer ML, DiMascio A. Thyroid function. Psychotropic Drug Side Effects. Shader RI and DiMascio A (eds). 1970; 25-45.
    113. Belfer ML, Shader RI. Autonomic Effects. Psychotropic Drug Side Effects. Shader RI and DiMascio (eds). 1970; 116-123.
    114. Belfer ML. Stress-tempered antibiotic response. N Engl J Med. 1968 Oct 31; 279(18):1002.
    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.
    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.
    117. Shader RI, Belfer ML, DiMascio A. Endocrine effects of psychotropic drugs. 3. Glucose metabolism. Conn Med. 1968 May; 32(5):389-94.
    118. Belfer ML. Stress-tempered antibiotic response. NEJM. 1968; 279:1002.
    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.
    120. Ader R, Belfer ML. Prenatal maternal anxiety and emotionalality of offspring. Psychological Reports. 1962; 10:711-718.
    121. Ader R, Belfer ML. Emotional behavior in the rat as a function of maternal emotionality. Psychological Reports. 1962; 10:349-350.
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