Bonnie Kaiser and I organized a set of two sessions on the intersection between anthropology and global mental health at the upcoming AAA meeting in Washington, DC. Both will take place Saturday, December 2. The first focuses on how engagement with global health can advance psychological anthropology theory. The second session addresses the converse: how can anthropology make applied contributions to global mental health? We have a fantastic group of speakers lined up, and Dr. Anne Becker (Harvard) and Dr. Peter Brown (Emory) will serve as our discussants.
Bonnie Kaiser and I will be giving a workshop at the upcoming American Anthropological Association meeting (Nov 29-Dec 3, Washington, DC) on using ethnographic methods to develop locally relevant measurement tools. The workshop, co-sponsored by the Society for Medical Anthropology and the Society for Psychological Anthropology, is geared toward those interested in developing novel tools to measure subjective experiences such as mental health/wellbeing, daily function, or satisfaction with a particular realm of life. The possibilities are endless, really, but we will be drawing on our own work developing mental health measurement tools in India and Haiti to provide examples.
Date: Friday, Dec 1
Location: Marriott, Park Tower 8210, Washington, DC
Dr. Jo Weaver is a medical anthropologist who specializes in the study of chronic diseases, mental health, and nutrition in India and Brazil.