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Judith K. Bass, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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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

2014    Global Health Faculty Advising Award by the Center for Global Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health  

2013    Best Research Presentation at the Sexual Violence Research Institute (SVRI) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand

2013    Golden Apple award for Excellence in Teaching by the Student Association of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2012    Advising, Mentoring & Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA) for Outstanding Service by the Student Association of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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    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.

  • Developing countries Mental Health
  • Bass JK, Annan J, Murray SM, Kaysen D, Griffiths S, Cetinoglu T, Wachter K, Murray LK, Bolton PA. (2013)  Controlled trial of psychotherapy for sexual violence survivors in DR Congo. New England Journal of Medicine. 368:2182-91.

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

  • Bass JK, Ryder RW, Lammers MC, Mukaba TN, Bolton PA.  (2008) Postpartum depression in Kinshasa, Democratric Republic of Congo: Validation of a concept using a mixed-methods cross-cultural approach.  Tropical Medicine and International Health. 13:1534-1542.

  • 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.

  • 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.