Erick Messias completed medical school and practiced family medicine in rural areas in Brazil, before moving to Baltimore for residency training. He completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Maryland in 2001, and preventive medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003. While at the latter, he received a Master’s in Public Health and a PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology. He has published over 40 journal articles and several book chapters, and has edited a volume on schizophrenia for psychiatrists. He is currently the Associate Dean for Faculty Affair for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, in Little Rock, USA.