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Amelia Buttress, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 705
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014
MA, The European Graduate School, 2006


My research draws from interdisciplinary perspectives and uses historical, qualitative, and quantitative methods to understand and address the social and structural context of health behavior, with particular emphasis on issues related to political economy, health disparities, and the mental and behavioral health of children. I am currently studying how ideology informs our understanding of health, disease, and evidence in the history of public health. In several current projects, I'm working to facilitate the translation of specialist knowledge from medicine, social science, education, and philosophy to the general public. I absolutely love teaching and have a longstanding interest in pedagogy, especially creating public awareness of the history of public health and child psychiatry using new and digital media technology.

Honors and Awards

Gordis Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University

Diversity Innovation Grant, Johns Hopkins University

21st Century Cities Seed Grant, Johns Hopkins University

  • Urban health
  • public health history
  • mental health
  • ADHD
  • psychopharmacology
  • child psychiatry
  • social and structural influences on health
  • education
  • popular culture
  • qualitative methods
  • historical methods
  • oral history
  • U.S. social and cultural history
  • intellectual history of epidemiology
  • critical theory
  • digital humanities