Douglas Mental Health University Institute
Pavilion Perry, Rm. E-3110
6875 LaSalle Blvd.
Montreal (Verdun), Quebec H4H 1R3
Tel: (514) 761-6131 ext. 4347
Fax : (514) 762-3049
duncan.pedersen [at] mcgill.ca (Email)
Areas of Expertise
Social determinants of health and illness, global health, war trauma, organised violence and mental health outcomes, stigma and social exclusion, medical anthropology, social and transcultural psychiatry
Dr Pedersen is leading the Canadian team and the TGH Program. He is currently working as Associate Scientific Director of the Research Centre at Douglas Mental Health University Institute and Scientific Director of the Montreal- based WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health. As a physician, trained in public health, epidemiology and medical anthropology, he has extensive field research experience in South America, mostly amongst indigenous peoples and the urban poor the Andean region, the Amazon basin and Northeast Brazil.
His current interests include cross-cultural, ethnographic and epidemiological research on organized violence and mental health outcomes, where the issues of trauma-related disorders, collective suffering and humanitarian interventions, resilience and coping strategies, remain his most prominent concerns.
He holds the position of Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University, and is also Senior Editor for the renowned international journal Social Science & Medicine. He has written numerous articles and book chapters related to the field of social sciences and medicine, global health, medical anthropology, Amerindian health, ethnic conflict, political violence and mental health, stigma and discrimination, and disease ecology, among others.