Global Mental Health Program (2017-2018)

Improving mental health of populations around the world is a major societal challenge. 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 healthcare and social services, such as maternal and child healthcare, schools, religious institutions and other community organizations.

This project’s goal was to contribute to the next generation of academics, clinicians and other professionals dedicated to advancing integrated approaches to mental health. In 2016-2017, the project team established a Global Mental Health Program (GMHP) and engaged in research within the GMHP labs while also participating in collaborative training seminars.

In 2017-2018, the team extended the GMHP in three core areas: expanding access to treatment, creating appropriate technology and learning new methods. Team members engaged in research at multiple field sites, including in Nairobi, Kenya, where they used a task shifting model to train non-specialists to deliver mental health treatments in problem drinking, family engagement and perinatal depression. The team also refined digital tools for delivering therapy and providing clinical supervision at their field site in Kenya, including by using an artificial intelligence platform and text messaging to deliver a health program to pregnant women and new mothers.

Timing

Fall 2017 – Summer 2018

Team Outcomes

Mental Health Stigma: Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Medical Students and Physicians in Urban Nepal (honors thesis by Meghana Vagwala)

Mental Health Attitudes and Implications for Patient Care: A Qualitative Study of Medical Students and Physicians in Urban Nepal (poster by Meghana Vagwala), presented at Visible Thinking, April 19, 2018

Almost Half the World’s Population Lives in Countries Where, On Average, There Is One Psychiatrist to Serve 200,000 or More People (poster by Eric Green, Eve Puffer, Amy Finnegan, Bonnie Kaiser, Ali Giusto, Elsa Healy, Tony Pham, Puja Patel, Arun Augustine, Bethany Kuerten, Taylor Wall, Julia Kaufman, Meghana Vagwala, Anna-Karin Hess, Lulla Kiwinda, Chaya Bhat, Priya Sridhar), presented at Bass Connections Showcase, April 18, 2018

Tony Pham (M.Sc. Program in Global Health), Bass Connections Follow-on Student Research Award

Reflections

Tony Pham

Julia Kaufman

This Team in the News

Research on Mental Health in Nepal Examines Context-specific Approaches to Care

Meet the Members of the 2018-19 Student Advisory Council

Get to Know Our Pop-up UX Lab in Nairobi

Most People Who Suffer from Depression Don't Get Help

Duke Seniors Share What Was Most Meaningful about Their Bass Connections Experiences

Bass Connections Showcase Presents Research Highlights from Durham to Malaysia

Global Health Projects Featured Prominently among Bass Connections Awards

Meet the 2018 Recipients of Bass Connections Follow-on Research Awards

Two Duke Students, One Graduate Named Marshall Scholars (Meghana Vagwala)

See earlier related team, Global Mental Health-Integrative Training Program (2016-2017).

This project was selected by the Franklin Humanities Institute as a humanities-connected project.

Global mental health

Team Leaders

  • Eric Green, Duke Global Health Institute
  • Bonnie Kaiser, Duke Global Health Institute
  • Eve Puffer, Arts & Sciences-Psychology and Neuroscience

/graduate Team Members

  • Arun Augustine, Global Health - MS
  • Elsa Friis, Psychology-PHD
  • Ali Giusto, Psychology-PHD
  • Puja Patel, Global Health - MS
  • Tony Pham, Global Health - MS
  • Cori Tergesen, Global Health - MS
  • Jonathan Wall, Global Health - MS

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Chaya Bhat, Economics (AB)
  • Matthew Brague, Psychology (AB), Global Health (AB2)
  • Anna-Karin Hess, Program II (BS)
  • Julia Kaufman, Int Comparative Studies (AB)
  • Lulla Kiwinda, Biology (BS), Global Health (AB2)
  • Priya Sridhar
  • Meghana Vagwala, Program II (AB)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Amy Finnegan, Duke Global Health Institute|Social Science Research Institute
  • Brandon Kohrt, School of Medicine-Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) Consortium, Kenya
  • Transcultural Psychosocial Organization, Nepal
  • Moi University Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kenya

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