Event Name EdCMA annual lecture: Applying Anthropology for Mental Health Interventions in Humanitarian Emergencies
Start Date 26th Jan 2018 3:00pm
End Date 26th Jan 2018 5:00pm
Duration 2 hours
Description

Brandon Kohrt, MD, PhD, an anthropologist and psychiatrist, holds the Charles and Sonia Akman Professorship in Global Psychiatry at George Washington University. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Division of Global Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Kohrt has worked with populations affected by war and political violence, disasters, and other forms of adversity in Nepal, Haiti, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Brazil, and Mongolia. In 1996, he began his career in global mental health in Nepal working with rural populations lacking access to mental health services. Since 2006, he has served as technical advisor to Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal where he worked to develop and implement mental health and psychosocial support programs for former child soldiers. Dr. Kohrt collaborates with TPO Nepal for mental health programs following the 2015 earthquakes. Since 2010, Dr. Kohrt has worked with The Carter Center Mental Health Program in Liberia, where he designed anti-stigma programs to increase utilization of mental health services and reduce discrimination in healthcare settings and among law enforcement institutions. Dr. Kohrt currently serves as the Scientific Co-Chair of the Health Research in Humanitarian Crises initiative at the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kohrt has published more than 130 journal articles and book chapters including publications. In 2015, along with Emily Mendenhall, he co-edited Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives. With his collaborator, Robert Koenig, he has created numerous documentary films including Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal’s Maoist Army.