Department of Public Health Sciences

Patrick Marius Koga

  Assistant Professor, MD, MPH, FRSPH
  Division of Epidemiology
  916- 254-9959
Global refugee crisis impacts on host countries’ health systems and populations; posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in war refugees and victims of oppression and violence from the Middle East and Central Asia; subthreshhold PTSD as an occupational risk in law enforcement officers; refugee telehealth in UNHCR camps to link up “upstream” with downstream” public health communities; sociocultural, religious/spiritual, and brain correlates of moral disengagement in dehumanizing others, war atrocities, and terrorism. ULYSSES PROJECT Led jointly by Dr. Koga, Dr. Carl Stempel, CSU East Bay, and Dr. Joseba Achotegui, Professor of Psychiatry at University of Barcelona, Faculty of Medicine, Secretary of World Psychiatric Association/Transcultural Psychiatry Section, and author of Ulysses Syndrome and Ulysses Scale. Demedicalizing the migration experience, Ulysses Project aims to reduce post-resettlement PTSD and comorbid conditions in refugees while increasing their resilience and social integration.

1999: MPH, International Health & Development (Cross-Cultural Mental Health & Medical Anthropology), Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, New Orleans 
1984: MD, Medicine, University of Timisoara Faculty of Medicine, Romania 

Courses Taught
SPH-295:  Introduction to International Health
SPH-290:  Topics in Public Health Seminar
SPH-104:  Globalization and Health: Evidence and Policies

Professional Affiliations/Awards
2015: Ulysses Team Leader, Dean’s Award for Team Excellence in Community Engagement, UC Davis SOM
2013: Fellow, Royal Society for Public Health, London, United Kingdom
2013: International Editorial Board, Journal of Medical Psychology in Russia, Moscow, Russian Federation
2011: Volunteer Clinical Faculty Appreciation Award, UC Davis School of Medicine
2008: World Psychiatric Association (WPA), Section Psychiatry, Religion, and Spirituality
2006: Diplomate, American Academic of Traumatic Stress
2005: Spitzer Endowed Professorship, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto
1999: Oxford University Centre for Evidence-Based Mental Health, Oxford, United Kingdom
1994: American Medical Association (AMA)

Selected Publications
  1. Alemi Q, Stempel C, Koga PM, Smith V, Danis D, Baek K, Montgomery S. . (2017). Determinants of Health Care Services Utilization among First Generation Afghan Migrants in Istanbul. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(2):201.

  2. Stempel C, Sami N, Koga PM, Alemi Q, Smith V, Shirazi A . (2016). Gendered Sources of Distress and Resilience among Afghan Refugees in Northern California: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int'l J Environ Res Public Health, 14(1). pii: E25. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph14010025. PMID:280360)

  3. Molchanova, E.S, Kosterina, E., Kim, E., Horne, S.H., Latipova, K., Koga, P.M. (2015). Counseling in Asian Countries-Kyrgyzstan in T.H., Hohenshil, & N.E. Amundson, & S.G., Niles (eds.) . Counseling Around the World: An International Handbook (pp. 107-116). Washington, DC: American Counseling Association.

  4. Koga, P.M, Molchanova, S.E. (2014). Subthreshhold PTSD in Kyrgyz and American Police Officers. Journal of Medical Psychology in Russia,, 5(8):32-45.

  5. Koga, PM, Hamidi, A. . (2013). Neuropsychological Correlates of Misconduct in Law Enforcement Officers with Subclinical Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in B., Fitch (ed.), Law Enforcement Ethics (pp.205-229). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications

  6. Molchanova, S. E. Kosterina, E. Kim, Koga, P. M., E., Horne, S., Latipova, K. (2011). Counseling in the Kyrgyz Republic: Bridging the Gap between Needs and Resources. Journal of Historical Psychology and Sociology: An Academic Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2:19-36.

  7. Molchanova E.S., Panteleeva L, Nelubova, T.E., Polkov, M., Koga PM . (2011). Epidemiological peculiarities of PTSD in Osh and Jalalabad, Kyrgyzstan, during the post conflict period October 2010-February 2011. Slavic University Journal, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 4: 127-141.

  8. Mihalache, G., Koga, P.M. (2010). Current Trends in Transpersonal Psychology. Romanian Journal of Applied Psychology, 3(2):1-25.

  9. Koga, P.M., G. Aitpaeva, G.A., Molchanova, S.E., Ten, V. I. (2009). Integrating Health Systems in Kyrgyzstan: Traditional Healing and Mainstream Psychiatry. Journal of Historical Psychology and Sociology: An Academic Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 3:34-42.

  10. Molchanova, S.E. Koga, P.M. (2008). Historical Impacts of Social Psychopathology. Journal of Historical Psychology and Sociology: An Academic Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2:73-81.

  11. Molchanova, SE, Dobriakov, I., Koga, PM. (2008). Ideological Crisis in Psychology. Journal of Historical Psychology and Sociology: An Academic Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1:170-181.

  12. Koga, P.M., Molchanova S.E. (2007). Fractal Geometry in Psychiatry: The Vulnerable Border between Science and Pseudoscience. AUCA Academic Review, 2:66-71.