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April 29-30, 2016 Symposium

** Update: Due to high demand, we have changed locations. See program below for details **

Using the edited volume Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives as a point of departure, this symposium will discuss the current state and future directions of global mental health. The symposium aims to: (1) critically assess the current scope of the field of global mental health, (2) consider the benefits and challenges of incorporating anthropological methods and theory into global mental health work, and (3) explore how anthropology can contribute to advancing the field of global mental health in the future. A key question throughout the symposium will be: how can we more systematically and effectively incorporate anthropological theory and methods into global mental health and health systems research?

Anthropology Building, Emory University (credit to http://anthropology.emory.edu/)


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For additional information regarding registration or travel to Emory, please contact Dr. Bonnie Kaiser (bfullard@gmail.com).


Peter Brown, Anthropology
Benjamin Druss, RSPH
Gabriela Granados, RSPH
Bonnie Kaiser, Duke Global Health Institute
Elena Lesley, Anthropology
Suzanne Mason, Emory Global Health Institute
Lora McDonald, Anthropology
Kathy Trang, Anthropology
Carol Worthman, Anthropology


David Addiss, The Task Force for Global Health
John Blevins, RSPH, Interfaith Health Program
Robert Breiman, Director, Emory Global Health Institute
Erin Finley, South Texas Veterans Health Care System
Craig Hadley, Emory Anthropology
Hunter Keys, University of Amsterdam
Brandon Kohrt, Duke Global Health Institute
Carol Koplan, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, RSPH
Richard Levinson, Associate Dean, Rollins School of Public Health
Kenny Maes, Oregon State University
Joann McGriff, Center for Global Safe Water, RSPH
Kristen McLean, Yale University
Emily Mendenhall, Georgetown University
Chikako Ozawa-de Silva, Emory Anthropology
Mark Rapaport, Emory Psychiatry
Sheila Rauch, Emory Psychiatry
Sarah Willen, University of Connecticut
Paul Root Wolpe, Emory Center for Ethics

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April 29 (FRIDAY)

Location: Whitehead Auditorium, except where otherwise noted

9:00am – 9:30am                  Welcome and overview

9:30am – 11:00am                Session 1: Incorporating the local into global mental health

How can anthropologists working in global mental health emphasize the centrality of local cultural context for understanding psychological suffering and improving effectiveness of interventions?

11:00am – 11:30am              Coffee break

11:30am – 1:00pm                Session 2: Concepts, labels, and measurement (WHSCAB Auditorium)

How can anthropological research improve understanding of and employment of diagnostic labels, idioms of distress, and ethnopsychology for global mental health research and interventions?

1:00pm – 2:00pm                   Lunchtime talk with Rob Breiman, Director, Global Health Institute (WHSCAB Plaza)

2:00pm – 3:30pm                  Session 3: Social determinants

How can anthropological research best elucidate social determinants of mental health and move towards community-based and social ecological interventions to address them?

3:30pm – 4:00pm                  Coffee break

4:00pm – 5:30pm                  Session 4: Treatment and interventions

How can anthropological research most effectively inform treatment processes in mental health and elucidate how psychiatric medications affect the daily experience of patients?

5:30pm                                          Close


April 30 (SATURDAY)

Location: Department of Anthropology, Room 303

9 – 10:30am                Session 5: Joining the research team

How can anthropologists and anthropological methods be made a standard part of public health and clinical intervention research?

10:30 – 11am               Coffee break

11am – 12:30pm          Session 6: Expanding the research team

How can anthropologists best advocate for an expanded role of anthropologists and other colleagues from low and middle income countries in global mental health research?

12:30pm – 1:30pm        Lunch

1:30pm – 2:30pm          Student-led panel: Careers in Global Mental Health

2:30pm – 3:00pm          Closing remarks