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Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks MD, MA, MRCPsych

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentPsychiatry
AddressWorcester Recovery Center & Hospital
309 Belmont Street
Worcester MA 01604
Phone508-368-3470
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    DepartmentPsychiatry


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    University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, United StatesBABiology
    University of Oxford, Oxford, , United KingdomB AZoology
    University of Oxford, Oxford, , United KingdomMAZoology
    University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY, United StatesMD

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    Dr. Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks is a cross-cultural psychiatrist with a background in
    medical anthropology whose research interests include sociocultural and epidemiological
    aspects of war, domestic violence, depression, help-seeking and immigration. Her primary
    research focus is to combine public health, anthropological, and human rights
    perspectives to address the effects of armed conflict on civilians and other vulnerable
    populations. Dr. Hicks trained as an undergraduate at the University of Louisville,
    Kentucky, (BA, Biology) and then on a scholarship at the University of Oxford, England
    (BA, MA, Zoology). After completing her medical training (MD, University of Louisville
    School of Medicine), she did a medical internship and psychiatric residency at Brown
    University. She became a Research Fellow in Clinically Relevant Medical and Psychiatric
    Anthropology, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, followed by faculty
    positions as Instructor and then Lecturer in the department before moving to the UK in
    1997. In England, she worked in community mental health as a Consultant Psychiatrist in
    the National Health Service and was an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Health
    Service and Population Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College
    London. In 2012, she returned to the USA where she is an Associate Professor in the
    Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a Staff
    Psychiatrist at Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. Her activities have included
    speaking on the mental health effects of immigration detention on children and asylum
    seekers at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Office of the High
    Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) events; contributing to the Royal College of
    Psychiatrists’ position statement on physician-assisted suicide; speaking on
    physician-assisted suicide at the House of Lords; advising on domestic violence
    guidelines for the Royal College of Psychiatrists; and participating in the Delphi panel
    for the NIMH Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health to establish the top 20 global
    mental health priorities over the next decade.



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    1. Rodriguez-Llanes JM , Guha-Sapir D , Schlüter B, Hicks MH. Epidemiological findings of major chemical attacks in the Syrian war are consistent with civilian targeting: a short report. Conflict and Health. 2018; 12:16.
    2. Rodriguez-Llanes JM, Guha-Sapir D, Schlüter BS, Hicks MH. Epidemiological findings of major chemical attacks in the Syrian war are consistent with civilian targeting: a short report. Confl Health. 2018; 12:16. PMID: 29686727.
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    3. Guha-Sapir D, Schlüter B, Rodriguez-Llanes JM, Lillywhite L, Hicks MH. Patterns of civilian and child deaths due to war-related violence in Syria: a comparative analysis from the Violation Documentation Center dataset, 2011-16. Lancet Glob Health. 2018 01; 6(1):e103-e110. PMID: 29226821.
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    4. Guha-Sapir D, Schlüter B, Rodriguez-Llanes JM, Lillywhite L, Hicks MH. Patterns of civilian and child deaths due to war-related violence in Syria: a comparative analysis from the Violation Documentation Center dataset, 2011–16. Lancet Global Health. 2017; 6:e103–10. .
    5. Guha-Sapir D, Rodriguez-Llanes JM, Hicks MH, Donneau AF, Coutts A, Lillywhite L, Fouad FM. Civilian deaths from weapons used in the Syrian conflict. BMJ. 2015; 351:h4736. PMID: 26419494.
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    6. Hicks MH. Epidemiology of mental health in conflict-affected populations. Lancet Glob Health. 2014 May; 2(5):e249-50. PMID: 25103157.
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    7. Hicks MH. Epidemiology of mental health in conflict-affected populations. Lancet Global Health. 2014; 2(5):e249-e250.
    8. Al-Obaidi A, Nelson BD, AlBadawi G, Hicks MH, Guarino AJ. . Child mental health and service needs in Iraq: beliefs and attitudes of primary school teachers. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2013; 18(3):171-179.
    9. Sloboda JA, Dardagan H, Spagat M, Hicks MH. Civilian Casualties and Strategic Peacebuilding. Seybolt T, Fischhoff B, & Aronson J (Eds). Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies series, Strategies of Peace. Iraq Body Count: a case study in the uses of incident-based conflict casualty data. 2013; 53-75.
    10. Bhui KS, Hicks MH, Lashley M, Jones E. A public health approach to understanding and preventing violent radicalization. BMC Med. 2012 Feb 14; 10:16. PMID: 22332998.
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    11. Hicks MH, Lee UR, Sundberg R, Spagat M. Global comparison of warring groups in 2002-2007: fatalities from targeting civilians vs. fighting battles. PLoS One. 2011; 6(9):e23976. PMID: 21915272.
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    12. Hicks MH, Dardagan H, Bagnall PM, Spagat M, Sloboda JA. Casualties in civilians and coalition soldiers from suicide bombings in Iraq, 2003-10: a descriptive study. Lancet. 2011 Sep 3; 378(9794):906-14. PMID: 21890055.
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    13. Hicks MH. ''What are you?'' A recurring question in a cross-cultural psychiatrist's life and career. Transcult Psychiatry. 2011 Apr; 48(1-2):37-52. PMID: 21511845.
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    14. Hicks MH. Mental health screening and coordination of care for soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Am J Psychiatry. 2011 Apr; 168(4):341-3. PMID: 21474591.
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    15. Hicks MH, Dardagan H, Guerrero Serdán G, Bagnall PM, Sloboda JA, Spagat M. Violent deaths of Iraqi civilians, 2003-2008: analysis by perpetrator, weapon, time, and location. PLoS Med. 2011; 8(2):e1000415. PMID: 21358813.
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    16. Li Z, Hicks MH. The CES-D in Chinese American women: construct validity, diagnostic validity for major depression, and cultural response bias. Psychiatry Res. 2010 Feb 28; 175(3):227-32. PMID: 20006386.
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    17. Hicks MH, Dardagan H, Guerrero Serdán G, Bagnall PM, Sloboda JA, Spagat M. The weapons that kill civilians--deaths of children and noncombatants in Iraq, 2003-2008. N Engl J Med. 2009 Apr 16; 360(16):1585-8. PMID: 19369663.
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    18. Cameron E, Spagat M, Hicks MH. . Tracking civilian casualties in combat zones using Civilian Battle Damage Assessment Ratios. British Army Review,. 2009; 147:87-93. .
    19. Hicks MH, Spagat M. The dirty war index: a public health and human rights tool for examining and monitoring armed conflict outcomes. PLoS Med. 2008 Dec 16; 5(12):e243. PMID: 19099319.
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    20. Rubio-Stipec M, Canino I, Hicks MH, Tsuang M. Handbook of Psychiatric Measures. Rush AJ, First MB & Blacker D (Eds). Ethnic, cultural, & socioeconomic factors influencing the selection, use and interpretation of measures. 2008; 23-32.
    21. Hicks MH. Mortality in Iraq. Lancet. 2007 Jan 13; 369(9556):101-2; author reply 103-4. PMID: 17223463.
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    22. Hicks MH. The prevalence and characteristics of intimate partner violence in a community study of Chinese American women. J Interpers Violence. 2006 Oct; 21(10):1249-69. PMID: 16940395.
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    23. Hicks MH. Physician-assisted suicide: a review of the literature concerning practical and clinical implications for UK doctors. BMC Fam Pract. 2006 Jun 22; 7:39. PMID: 16792812.
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    24. Hicks, MH. Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: Were valid and ethical field methods used in this survey?. HiCN Research Design Note 3. Households in Conflict Network. 2006.
    25. Bhugra D, Hicks MH. Effect of an educational pamphlet on help-seeking attitudes for depression among British South Asian women. Psychiatr Serv. 2004 Jul; 55(7):827-9. PMID: 15232026.
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    26. Hicks MH, Li Z. Partner violence and major depression in women: a community study of Chinese Americans. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2003 Nov; 191(11):722-9. PMID: 14614339.
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    27. Hicks MH, Bhugra D. Perceived causes of suicide attempts by U.K. South Asian women. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2003 Oct; 73(4):455-62. PMID: 14609407.
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    28. Hicks MH. Validity of the CIDI Probe Flow Chart for depression in Chinese American women. Transcultural Psychiatry. 2002; 29(4):434-451.
    29. Hicks MH, Lam MS. . Decision-making within the social course of dementia: accounts by Chinese American caregivers. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. 1999; 23(4):415-452..
    30. Hicks MH, Kleinman A, Yang L. . The social course of schizophrenia: local and societal factors. Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences. 1998; 14(7):432-447..
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