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Judith K. Bass, PhD

Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Mental Health

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway, Room 861
Baltimore , Maryland   21205

(410) 955-9088

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PhD , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , 2004
MPH , Columbia University School of Public Health , 1998
MIA , Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs , 1998


Mental health issues in the developing world.

My major area of interest is designing and evaluating methods for assessing mental health and mental illness in non-Western cultures with the intention for using these assessments to investigate effectiveness of innovative prevention and intervention strategies. Current work includes working with an international NGO to evaluate programs for children in crisis, evaluating mental health interventions for populations affected by torture and trauma, and an assessment of perinatal depression among HIV-infected women in Brazil.

Honors and Awards

2004 Paul V. Lemkau Award for excellence in doctoral research in the Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

2000-2004 Psychiatric Epidemiology Pre-doctoral NRSA Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (PI: Dr. William Eaton)

2000 National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) Director’s Award for group excellence in customer service for technical assistance to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services following Hurricane Floyd.

2000 National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) Director’s Award for superior mission response in providing rapid assessment of critical health needs following disasters.

1993 Karpf Peace Prize for study in conflict resolution, Brandeis University

1992 Hyman Rosen Memorial Prize for Undergraduate Excellence and Community Involvement, Brandeis University

  • Developing countries
  • Mental Health
  • Burkle F, Bass J, Bolton P (2008) Becoming Responsible in a 'Socially Seismic' Environment: Mental Health as a Marker of Community Recovery. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2(2): 73-75.

  • Bass J, Bolton P, Murray L (2007) Invited Comment: Do not forget culture when studying mental health. The Lancet. 370: 918-919.

  • Bolton P, Bass J, Betancourt T, Speelman L, Onyango G, Clougherty K, Neugebauer R, Murray L, Verdeli H. (2007) Interventions for depression symptoms among adolescent survivors of war and displacement in Northern Uganda: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 298(5): 519-527.

  • Bolton P, Bass J, Murray K, Lee K, Weiss W, McDonnell SM. (2007) Expanding the scope of humanitarian program evaluation. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 22(5): 390-395.

  • Bass J, Neugebauer R, Clougherty KF, Verdeli H, Wickramaratne P, Ndogoni L, Speelman L, Weissman M, Bolton P. (2006) Group interpersonal psychotherapy for depression in rural Uganda: 6-month follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry. 288: 567-573.