Global Mental Health-Integrative Training Program (2016-2017)


Improving mental health of populations around the world is a major societal challenge. Despite improvements in infectious disease control, chronic disease management and cancer treatment, comparable changes have not been observed at global and local levels in mental health. One lesson that has been demonstrated repeatedly is that traditional biomedical models of providing mental health and substance abuse services in isolation are not as effective as integration of mental health into other aspects of health care and social services, such as maternal and child health, schools, religious institutions and other community organizations.

Project Description

To contribute to the next generation of academics, clinicians and other professionals who can advance integrated approaches to mental health, this project’s goal is to expose students from an array of disciplines to mental health concepts and methods. This project will establish a new Global Mental Health—Integrative Training Program (GMH-ITP) and focus on three countries—Nepal, Kenya and South Africa—where the Duke Global Health Institute has long-standing partnerships with government stakeholders, local health facilities and community organizations.

Anticipated Outcomes

This project will provide proof-of-concept data for a National Institutes of Health T32 institutional training grant. Monthly seminars will be recorded to begin development of a global mental health methods and ethics toolkit for students at different educational levels and from different disciplines. We will complement the videos with recommended readings and other online resources. Students will write a group paper about common ethical issues across the three sites based on their fieldwork. The team will also produce a cultural and historical summary integrating humanities scholarship for each of the three sites to facilitate optimal ethical engagement for students in these locations. These will form a model for future Global Health Humanities cultural portfolios for Priority Partnership Locations at the Duke Global Health Institute.

Related Courses

GLHLTH 363: Fundamentals of Global Mental Health (Dr. Puffer)
GLHLTH 660: Global Mental Health (Dr. Kohrt)


Fall 2016 – Fall 2017

In Fall 2016, students enroll in GMH course appropriate to their level (GLHLTH 363 or 660). From Fall 2016 to Spring 2017, shared lab learning and training seminars will focus on issues pertaining to data collection and ethics; students complete group independent study for project proposal development and ethics application preparation. In Summer 2017, team members will conduct fieldwork for ethics research project and develop evaluation plans with partner organizations. In Fall 2017, shared lab learning and training seminars will focused on data analysis; analysis, presentation and write-up of ethics research project findings.


Independent study credit available for fall and spring semesters; summer stipend

Team Outcomes to Date

Global Mental Health at Duke Research Panel (feauturing Ali Giusto on Families, Fathers and Functioning: Opportunities for Improving Mental Health In Kenya), March 24, 2017

This Team in the News

Post-Doc Bonnie Kaiser’s Work Blends Anthropology, Epidemiology and Humanities

Bookbag: GLH363 - Fundamentals of Global Mental Health

The Franklin Humanities Institute provides additional support for this project.


Faculty/Staff Team Members

Franca Alphin, School of Medicine - Community & Family Medicine
Stephanie Banks, Duke Global Health Institute*
Anvita Bhardwaj, Duke Global Health Institute
Eric Green, Duke Global Health Institute*
Bonnie Kaiser, Duke Global Health Institute*
Brandon Kohrt, School of Medicine - Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences*
Eve Puffer, Trinity - Psychology & Neuroscience*
Sauharda Rai, Duke Global Health Institute
Kearsley Stewart, Duke Global Health Institute

Graduate Team Members

Arun Augustine, Trinity - Masters of Science in Global Health
Martha Berg, Trinity - Masters of Science in Global Health
Elsa Friis, Trinity - Ph.D in Psychology
Ali Giusto, Trinity - PhD in Psychology
Taylor Haynes, Trinity - Masters of Science in Global Health
Puja Patel, Trinity - Masters of Science in Global Health
Melissa Schmidt, Trinity - Masters of Science in Global Health
Cori Tergesen, Trinity - Masters of Science in Global Health
Leah Watson, Trinity - Masters of Science in Global Health

Undergraduate Team Members

Chaya Bhat, Economics (AB)
Drishti Sinha, Neuroscience (AB)
Sofia Stafford, Global Health (AB), Cultural Anthropology (AB2)
Meghana Vagwala, Program II (AB)
Jee Yoon, Psychology (AB)

* denotes team leader