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Sylvia and Harold Halpert Professorship in Mental Health

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Established in 2009 through a commitment made in 1998 by Harold P. and Sylvia Halpert


HAROLD P. HALPERT, DrPH ’66, MPH ’64  (1913-2007) came to Johns Hopkins as a graduate student from the National Institute of Mental Health, where he directed a research grants program to develop coordinated approaches to the treatment of the mentally ill.

Dr. Halpert and his wife, SYLVIA HALPERT, were interested in mental health issues and committed to furthering research to understand and treat mental health problems. Sylvia Halpert, who held a PhD in social research, died in 1998 just after the Halpert’s made their commitment for this professorship. She was employed for many years at what is now Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC, taught at Howard University, and maintained a private practice in psychotherapy.