Dr. Breinbauer is an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and public health specialist who has more than 25 years of experience working on global child development, mental health, and developmental disabilities. Dr. Breinbauer moved from Chile, her native country, to Washington DC in 2000, where she worked with internationally renowned experts on child and adolescent health, development and mental health at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), UNICEF, and various other nonprofit organizations. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and a book (Youth: Choices and Changes), on topics of child and adolescent development and mental health.
She joined the University of Washington in 2014, holding joint faculty appointments with the Departments of Global Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Breinbauer is currently leading the Global Parent Child Mental Health pilot initiative, an awarded Global Innovation Fund’s project that is supporting parent-child mental health leaders from China, Chile, Kenya, and Perú co-develop an innovative distance education module to build local capacity among maternal child health service providers. In addition, Dr. Breinbauer mentors graduate students on topics of global child development, mental health and developmental disabilities, and is collaborating with the Institute on Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) on several publications analyzing population data on child and adolescent development and mental health.