McGill Alert / Alerte de McGill

Updated: Fri, 07/12/2024 - 12:16

McGill Alert. The downtown campus will remain partially closed through the evening of Monday, July 15. See the Campus Safety site for details.

Alerte de McGill. Le campus du centre-ville restera partiellement fermé jusqu’au lundi 15 juillet, en soirée. Complément d’information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention

Associates & Visitors

Dörte Bemme, PhD (McGill University, Anthropology/Social Studies of Medicine). Dörte's doctoral research investigated the emergence of Global Mental Health as a field with a particular focus on the specific “global knowledge infrastructures” emerging from GMH's effort to develop evidence-based, cost-effective and scalable interventions. She conducted a multi-sited ethnography across numerous GMH programs and institutions in Europe, North America and South Africa, where she explored the novel discourses, infrastructures, and therapeutic practices that render mental health knowledge mobile, global, and adaptable across different scales. Dörte will start her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in January 2019, while remaining affiliated with McGill's GMHP. Her new work focuses on the technique of "digital phenotyping" and on the construction of mental health and illness at the cell phone interface. She investigates how mental health tracking and diagnostic apps differentially construct and treat mental health problems in high-income and humanitarian settings.

Funding 2016-2019: (1) FQRSC, IDRC and SSHRC Doctoral Award, (2) SSHRC Postdoctoral Award, (3) Nomination Alice Wilson Award



Liana Chase is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at SOAS University of London and holds a Masters in social and transcultural psychiatry from McGill University. Her research is situated at the intersection of anthropology and psychiatry, engaging ethnographic methods to generate insights into processes of suffering, healing, and care in humanitarian settings. She has been involved in medical anthropological research in Nepal for ten years, including as a Fulbright scholar (2011-2012), and her ongoing doctoral work focuses on the mental health response to Nepal's 2015 earthquakes. She has also worked extensively with refugees and asylum seekers in Canada and the US.



Vivian Dzokoto received her PhD in Clinical & Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and completed an APA accredited internship at the University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Dzokoto has two parallel lines of research: (1) The cultural grounding and impact of money behaviors (e.g. saving, spending, investing) and the adoption and non-adoption of different forms of money (e.g. new currencies, cards, mobile money) in developing economies. (2) The cultural grounding of Emotion and Psychopathology. Other areas of interest include cultural clinical psychology, anxiety disorders, multicultural competencies in psychotherapy, cross-cultural transitions, and intercultural communication.



Nadia El-Shaarawi is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at Colby College. Her work focuses on forced migration, humanitarianism, and mental health. She works on a book on urban displacement, durable solutions, and mental health among Iraqi refugees in Cairo, Egypt. She investigates how in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion and the sectarian violence that followed, Iraqi refugees in the Middle East negotiated conditions of urban exile fraught with uncertainty and insecurity and how interactions with global and international institutions and policies had implications for mental health and well-being. She also participates in a collaborative ethnography of the Balkan Route that refugees took to reach Northern Europe in 2015-2016, along Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary, Germany. In short, her work focuses on the struggle for mobility and the relationship between mobility and immobilization, with an emphasis on refugees' well-being.




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