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Duncan Pedersen, MD

Duncan Pedersen is currently an Associate Scientific Director (International Programs) at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.  A physician, trained in public health, social epidemiology and medical anthropology, has an extensive research experience in Latin America, mostly amongst indigenous peoples and the urban poor in countries of the Andean region (Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru), the Amazon basin and Northeast Brazil. More recently, he has extended his research in global mental health to Guatemala, Jamaica and Nepal.  His current interests include global health research and cross-cultural, ethnographic and epidemiological research on violence and mental health outcomes, where the issues of traumatic memory and trauma-related disorders, resilience, healing and coping strategies remain his most prominent concerns.  He holds the position of Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and leads the Global Mental Health Research initiative based at the Douglas Hospital (http://www.mcgill.ca/tcpsych/research/ global-mental-health-research). Dr. Pedersen has written numerous articles and book chapters in global health, medical anthropology, indigenous health, traditional medicine, stigma, racism, and social exclusion; political violence, trauma, and mental health outcomes. From 2000 to 2010, he served as Senior Editor for the renowned international journal Social Science & Medicine and is a member of the Editorial Board of SSM, Anthropology & Medicine, Transcultural Psychiatry and Salud Colectiva.

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Selected Articles

Pedersen, D. and Kienzler, H. (2014). Mental health and illness in war and conflict areas. (Chapter) In: Samuel Okpaku (Ed.) Global Mental Health: Essential Concepts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Pedersen, D. and Kienzler, H. (2014). Exploring pathways of distress and mental disorders: The case of Quechua-speaking populations in the Peruvian Andes. (Chapter) In: Danton Hinton and Byron Good (Eds.) Culture and PTSD. Pennsylvania: Penn University Press.

Mora-Rios, J., Bautista-Aguilar, N., Natera, G., Pedersen, D. (2013) Adaptación cultural de instrumentos de medida sobre estigma y enfermedad mental en la Ciudad de México. Salud Mental; 36: 9-18.

Kienzler, H., Pedersen, D. (2012), Strange but common bedfellows: The relationship between humanitarians and the military in developing psychosocial interventions for civilian populations affected by armed conflict. Transcultural Psychiatry, 49 (3-4): 492-518.

Pedersen, D. (2012). Towards a unifying paradigm in global health. JC. Suárez-Herrera, E. Sula- Raxhimi et MJ. Blain (Eds.). Éléments théorico-pratiques pour une approche socio-anthropologique dans le champ de la recherche en santé mondiale. Sherbrooke: ACFAS 2011. Actes du colloque # 652.

Fernando, S., Pedersen, D. and Weerackody, C. (2010) Letter to Editor; ‘Mental Health in Sri Lanka,’ The Lancet, 374:89 Fernando, S., Pedersen, D and Weerackody, C. (2010) Letter to Editor; ‘Mental Health in Sri Lanka,’ The Lancet, 374:89.

Pedersen, D. (2010). Secuelas de la pobreza, el racismo y la violencia organizada entre los pueblos indoamericanos. In Academia nacional de medicina: Violencia y su impacto en salud. Lima: Peru.

Afana, A. H., Pedersen, D., Ronsbo, H., & Kirmayer, L. J. (2010). Endurance is to be shown at the first blow: Social representations and reactions to traumatic experiences in the Gaza Strip. Traumatology, 16(2), 43-64.

Pedersen, D., Kienzler, H., & Gamarra, J. (2010). Llaki and Ñakary: Idioms of distress and suffering among the highland Quechua in the Peruvian Andes. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 34(2), 279-300.

Tremblay, J., Pedersen, D., & Errazuriz, C. (2009). Assessing mental health outcomes of political violence and civil unrest in Peru. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 55, 449-463.

Pedersen, D. (2009). Globalización, salud y sistemas médicos andinos. In R. Sanchez Garrafa, & R. Sánchez Garrafa (Eds.), Medicina tradicional andina: Planteamientos y aproximaciones (pp. 47-62). Cuzco: Centro de Medicina Andina/Centro de Estudios Regionales Andinos Bartolomé de las Casas.

Pedersen, D. (2009). Estigma y exclusión social en las enfermedades mentales: Apuntes para el análisis y diseño de intervenciones. Acta Psiquiátrica y Psicológica de América Latina, 55(1), 39-50.

Kirmayer, L. J., Kienzler, H., Afana, A., & Pedersen, D. (2009). Trauma and disasters in social and cultural context. In D. Bhugra, & C. Morgan (Eds.), Principles of Social Psychiatry (2 ed.). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Caron, J., Pedersen, D., Perreault, M., Fleury, M., Crocker, A., Brunet, A., Tremblay, J., Beaulieu, S., Turecki, G., Nair, N., Daniel, M., Cargo, M., Kestin, M., Tousignant, M. (2009). First results on the mental health of the population living in epidemiologic catchment area in Montreal, Canada, World Psychiatry, 8(supp1), 244.

Sharan, P., Gallo, C., Gureje, E., Lamberte, J., Mari, J., Mazzotti, G., Patel, V., Swartz, S., Levav, I., de Francisco, A., Saxena, S., and the Mental Health Research Mapping Project Group (2009). Mental health priorities in low- and middle-income countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. British Journal of Psychiatry, 195, 354-363.

Pedersen, D., Tremblay, J., Errazuriz, C., & Gamarra, J. (2008). The sequelae of political violence: Assessing trauma, suffering and dislocation in the Peruvian highlands. Social Science & Medicine, 67, 205-217.

Pedersen, D. & Kienzler, H. (2008). Ethnic conflict and Public Health. In K. Heggenhougen, & S. Quah (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Public Health, vol 2. (pp. 508-518). San Diego: Academic Press.

Pedersen, D. (2007). At the crossroads between global health and local cultures: A critical perspective. In F. Lolas, D. K. Martin, & A. Quezada (Eds.), Prioridades en salud y salud intercultural (pp. 141-162). Series: Estudios de Bioética Social N° 1. Santiago de Chile: CIEB, Universidad de Chile.

Caron, J., Tousignant, M., Pedersen, D., et al. (2007). La création d'une nouvelle génération d'études épidemiologiques en santé mentale. Santé Mentale au Québec (Windigo II)., XXXI(2), 225-239.

Pedersen, D., Errazuriz, C., Piazza, M., Mendoza, M. Gamarra, J., & Calderon, D. (2007). Salud Mental de la Comunidad. Manual para Trabajadores de Atención Primaria. (Community Mental Health. Manual for Primary Health Care workers), 6 modules in Spanish, with drawings and illustrations from Sarhua, Ayacucho. Lima, Peru: Editorial Forma e Imagen.

Module No. 1: Salud Mental de la Comunidad (with Edith Huayllasco).

Module No. 2: Promoviendo Comunidades Saludables (with Edith Huayllasco).

Module No. 2bis: Practicas médicas tradicionales e investigación participativa.

Module No. 3: Abuso de Alcohol: Pautas para la intervención en la atención primaria de salud (with Edith Huayllasco).

Module No. 4: Problemas Relacionados con la Violencia: Violencia Familiar y Abuso Sexual contra la Mujer.

Module No. 5: Problemas Relacionados con la Violencia: Violencia Organizada.

Pedersen, D. (2006). Reframing political violence and mental health outcomes: outlining a research and action agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean region. Ciencia & Saude Coletiva, 11(2), 293-302.

Darghouth, S., Pedersen, D., Bibeau, G., & Rousseau, C. (2006). Painful languages of the body: Experiences of headache, pain and suffering in Peru. Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry, 30(3), 271-297.

Pedersen, D. (2005). Llaki - Ñakary: Explorando el mapa semántico de la aflicción y sufrimiento en la región alto-andina de Ayacucho. Revista de Salud Mental, 1(2), 23-31. Lima, Perú: Hospital Hermilio Valdizán.

Pedersen, D. (2005). Estigma y salud mental. Revista de Salud Mental, 1(1), 14-27. Lima, Perú: Hospital Hermilio Valdizán.

Pedersen, D., Gamarra J., Planas M.E. & Errazuriz, C. (2005). Violencia Política y Salud Mental en las Comunidades Altoandinas de Ayacucho, Perú. In C. Cáceres, M. Cueto, M. Ramos, & S. Vallenas (Eds.), La salud como derecho ciudadano. Perspectivas y propuestas desde América Latina (pp. 289-307). Lima: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia.

Bibeau, G., & Pedersen, D. (2002). A return to scientific racism in medical social sciences: A case study of sexuality and the AIDS epidemic in Africa. In M. Nichter, & M. Lock (Eds.), New Horizons in Medical Anthropology: Essays in honour of Charles Leslie (pp. 141-171). London: Routledge.

Pedersen, D. (2002). Political violence, ethnic conflict and contemporary wars: Broad implications for health and social well-being. Social Science & Medicine, 55, 175-190.

Pedersen, D. (2002). Rethinking trauma: Assessing the impact of political violence and war. In RCT/ODHAG: Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (Copenhagen) and Oficina de Derechos Humanos, Arzobispado de Guatemala (Guatemala) (Eds.) Mental Health and Community Intervention (RCT Special Report). Antigua, Guatemala, pp.113-125.

Pedersen, D. (2002). Pathways for healing and coping with violence, terror and dislocation. In RCT/ODHAG: Rehabiliation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (Copenhagen) and Oficina de Derechos Humanos, Arzobispado de Guatemala (Guatemala) (Eds.) Mental Health and Commuity Intervention (RCT Special Report). Antigua, Guatemala, pp. 93-102.

Pedersen, D. (2000). Health implications of political violence, ethnic conflict and contemporary wars in Latin America. In L. J. Kirmayer, M. E. MacDonald, & G. M. Brass (Eds.), The Mental Health of Indigenous Peoples (pp. 47-68). Culture and Mental Health Unit (Report No. 10). Montreal: Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University.