Division of Social Sciences
Phone: +996 (312) 915000 ext. 441
1) Psychophysiology and Cognitive Psychology
2) Abnormal Psychology (BA)
4) Biological bases of behavior
5) Family Therapy
6) Anatomy and Physiology of CNS and Complex Nervous Activity
8) Abnormal Psychology (MA)
9) Theories of Violence:Scientific approach
2017 – 2018: Postgraduate training in evidence-based medicine, Ministry of Health, KR – Expert of MH KR
2013 – Fellowship Program at Michigan State University – Research Fellow of MSU
1994 -1998: Postgraduate Training in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Kyrgyz State Medical Academy, Kyrgyzstan. Highest Attestation Committee of Russian Federation. Defended Dissertation: “Alexithymia in the formation of somatoform disorders. Psychotherapeutic correction of alexithymia”. Scientific Degree in Psychiatry.
1991 – 1994: Residency at the Department of Psychiatry, Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy at Kyrgyz State Medical Academy. Degree obtained – MD, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology
1985 – 1991: Kyrgyz State Medical Academy, diploma with honour (State scholarship). General Physician
2016, October, Bishkek: 24 credits in evidence-based medicine (Qualitative and quantitative research in medical sciences), organized by Ministry of Health, the Kyrgyz Republic
2016, April, Tbilisi: Modern tendencies in psychopharmacological treatment of mental disorders (26 credits)
2016, March, Madrid: Psychopathology in modern classification systems (26 educational credits)
2014, October – Medical and Clinical Psychology, Moscow and Yaroslavl, Russian Federation (18 educational credits)
2014, September – Presidential session on DSM-V, Madrid, Spain (6 Educational credits)
2014, September – WPA (World Psychiatric Association) training on Psychiatry (24 educational credits)
2010, St – Petersburg, Russian Federation Modernizing disaster mental health, acute disaster response, providing psychological first aid and applying skills for psychological recovery.
Workshop provided by Robert Pynoos, Melissa Bryner (USA) in the framework of the regional WPA meeting In St. Petersburg (6 educational credits)
2007, Bishkek Electronic course development and excellence in online teaching. American University – Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
2008 Group techniques: how to use them more purposefully. University of Cincinnati, USA.
2007 PTSD: diagnosis and psychological counseling. University of Memphis, USA
2003 Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy: Advanced Training III. Slavonic University, Kyrgyzstan
2000 Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy: Advanced Training II. Slavonic University, Kyrgyzstan.
1996 Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy: Advanced Training I. Slavonic University, Kyrgyzstan
2019 US Davis Health, School of Medicine. Ulysses Medal for Leadership in Refugee Health
2015 Special psychological award “Zolotaya Psiheya”, St. Petersburg
2012 Presidential award for commitment to excellence
2010 John J. Dreier faculty excellence award.
2008 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching
2003 Award for Excellence in Clinical, Teaching & Research Work - Ministry of Health of
1990 Kyrgyz State Scholarship (Leninskaya stipendia)
2017 – 2020 Co- Principal Investigator “Combatting culturally endorsed gender based violence in Kyrgyzstan through higher education”, Development Marketplace Award the World Bank
2017 - 2018 Grant awarded to conduct research project “Women empowerment in rural Kyrgyzstan: Challenges and Opportunities” within the program Research beyond the Ivory Tower: Policy and Communications Training for University Teams funded by the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs
Anthropological psychology and psychiatry;
Cultural aspects of family therapy
Neuropsychology and culture
On-going research projects:
2019 – Present: Mental Epidemics in post-Soviet countries
2015 – Present: implementation of community-based services in rural areas (supported by the Word Bank)
2010 – Present: Policies in mental health services, epidemiology of stress disorders and process of interethnic communication in Southern region of Kyrgyz Republic (dissertation for obtaining postdoctoral degree in medicine)
2007 – Present: Cognitive models of a “norm” and a “disorder” in Kyrgyz traditional culture, influence on treatment and prognosis of mental disorders
2015 -2016 (together with E. Kim, Asel Myrzabekova, and Olga Yarova): Rural Women’s Empowerment in Kyrgyzstan: Opportunities and Bottlenecks. Supported by Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI)
2007 – 2010: (in collaboration with “Aigine” cultural and research center): Anthropological Psychology: Potential Psychotherapeutic Use of Traditional Healing and Traditional Kyrgyz Rituals (supported by Christensen Fund)
2006 – 2008: (in collaboration with Dr Patrick Marius Koga, UC Medical School): Fractal Geometry and Dynamic Chaos Theory in Modeling Schizophrenia
2001-2004: Cognitive models of adaptive phenomena in mental disorders
Selected recent publications (select up to 10 from the latest 10 years):
Molchanova, E. (2018). From Trances and Ritual to Epidemic of Dissociative Disorders. In: Social Psychopathology. V. Samokhvalov (chief editor), 2018, pp295 – 320. ISBN5-978-88429-243-7.
Molchanova, E and Agazade N (editors). Mental health in Emergences and Crises. Guidelines for Emergency Responders. “Altyn – Print” publishing house, Bishkek, 2016. P 300
Elena Molchanova, Sharon Horne, Elena Kim & Olga Yarova (2017) Hybridized Indigenous Healing in the Kyrgyz Republic: Helping Survivors of Violence. Women & Therapy, 41:1-2, 69-82, DOI: 10.1080/02703149.2017.1324187
Molchanova, E. Kim E (2016). Psychiatry in the Kyrgyz Republic: In between the Soviet Past and a Vague Future. In: Routledge Handbook of Psychiatry in Asia. Dinesh Bhugra (chief editor). Routledge, UK, pp.11-27.
Molchanova, E. (2017). Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding of the Epidemic of Functional Neurological Symptoms among Adolescent Girls from Migrants’ Families in Northern Kazakhstan. Mental Health in Family Medicine 13: 608-614
Molchanova E. (2017). Mental health Consequences of Bride Kidnapping in the Kyrgyz Republic. EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY Volume: 41 Supplements: S. Meeting Abstract: EV0343 Published: APR 2017 (Web of Science). An abstract available at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924933817306880
Molchanova E., Tsoy R., Sim I. (2017). Reflection of Local and Universal Historical Time in Symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia. EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY Volume: 41 Supplement: S Pages: S515-S516 Meeting Abstract: EV0344 Published: APR 2017 (Web of Science). Abstract available at: http://www.europsy-journal.com/article/S0924-9338(17)30689-2/fulltext
Molchanova E., T. Galako (2017) Suicides in the Kyrgyz Republic: Discrepancies in different types of official statistics. EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY V: 41 Supplements: S Meeting Abstract: EV1477 Published: APR 2017 (Web of Science). Abstract available at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924933817318229
Molchanova, E., Agazade N., Dobryakov, I. (2016). Culturally Shaped Manifestations of PTSD in Kyrgyzstan. In: Comprehensive Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In: Comprehensive Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Springer, pp. 1605-1615. Available at: http://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-08359-9_62
Kyrgyz Association of Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists & Psychiatrists
Russian Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology Association.
Central Eurasian Studies Society
American Psychological Association
World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH)
World Psychiatric Association
European Psychiatric Association (EPA)