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Global Mental Health

Director and Faculty


Judy BassJudy Bass, MPH, PhD

Dr. Bass is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Mental Health with a secondary appointment in the Center for Humanitarian Health. Her areas of expertise include (a) designing and evaluating methods for assessing mental health in non-Western cultures, and (b) investigating the effectiveness of innovative prevention and intervention strategies in collaboration with in-country service providers. Dr. Bass’ interests also include the interconnectedness of mental health and economic development, with a goal of understanding how interventions and programs addressing each of these domains can be integrated to better improve health and well-being.

Dr. Bass has worked to train and build the capacity of global mental health researchers through ongoing research projects and this NIMH program for pre- and post-doctoral fellows. Her excellence in mentorship and teaching has been recognized with several awards:

2016    Advising, Mentoring & Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA) for Outstanding Service by the Student Association of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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

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



JHU Faculty


Global Mental Health or Content Area Expertise

Paul Bolton, MBBS, MPH

International Health and Center for Humanitarian Health

Applied methods for needs assessments, design of locally feasible and effective interventions, and evaluation of their impact; refugees and internally displaced persons during and post disaster, and other persons affected by violence and living in difficult circumstances

Mary Cwik, PhD, MA 

International Health ad Center for American Indian Health 

Developing emergency department interventions for suicidal youth on Indian reservations; adapting and individualizing treatment to prevent youth suicide based on cultural and co-morbid issues among American Indians; and improving service delivery and utilization for youth at risk for suicide

Joe Gallo, MD, MPH 

Mental Health

Mixed (qualitative and quantitative) methods expertise for studying improve compliance with treatment and effectiveness of mental health interventions; natural helping networks

Alden Gross, PhD, MHS 


Specialist in statistical methods for analyzing complex data sets including structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling in clinical trials, methods for accounting for missing data, and latent variable analytic techniques

Emily Haroz, PhD, MHS

Mental Health

Implementation and sustainability of mental health treatment and suicide prevention programs, measurement of mental health concepts across cultures using advanced statistical methods

Kristin Hurley, PhD, MPH 

International Health 

Relationship between maternal mental health and maternal and child nutritional status, responsive feeding and child growth, and maternal and child micronutrient status and child development

Jeremy Kane, PhD, MPH

Mental Health

Epidemiology and intervention research on alcohol/substance use among HIV- and trauma-affected populations in low- and middle-income countries and refugee and immigrant populations in the U.S.; impact of migration and acculturation on substance/alcohol use

Catherine Lee, PhD, MPH

International Health

Applied methods for design, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based psychosocial and mental health interventions and supporting research for populations affected by conflict and displacement

Tamar Mendelson, PhD 

Mental Health 

Gender, class and racial/ethnic disparities in depression; social risk factors for mental health; depression prevention; needs assessments and intervention research for trauma-affected youth

Laura Murray, PhD 

Mental Health

Evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents and families, with a particular focus on trauma and grief; assessment of mental and behavioral health, and adapting and testing evidence-based mental health interventions in low-resource countries

Sarah Murray, PhD, MSPH

Mental Health

Mixed methods formative and effectiveness research with a focus on interventions targeting poor mental health, intimate partner violence, and stigma for conflict-affected and HIV-affected populations globally

Pamela Surkan, PhD, ScD

International Health 

Social determinants of health; the role of maternal mental health, social support and familial environment on early growth and child development

Wietse Tol, PhD, MSc 

Mental Health 

Research using mixed methods to investigate mental health promotion and preventive strategies; intersection of mental health and violence prevention

Peter Winch, MD, MPH 

International Health 

Research on social, cultural and behavioral factors related to health of mothers, newborns and young children in areas where access to health facilities is poor or non-existent

Affiliate Faculty


Global Mental Health or Content Area Expertise

Maureen Black, PhD 

University of Maryland 

Maternal mental health and child development in LMIC; current NIH funding focuses on nutrition and child development and intervention trials examining promotion of children’s health and development

Mark Jordans, PhD 

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK 

Research focuses on development, implementation and evaluation of psychosocial and mental health care in fragile states, especially for children in adversity in Nepal, Burundi, Sudan, Indonesia, Pakistan, DR Congo and Sri Lanka. Director of Research for Healthnet TPO a Dutch Aid Agency

Charlotte Hanlon, BM, MS, PhD 

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia 

Research on epidemiology and public health impact of maternal mental health in Ethiopia; current director of the psychiatric epidemiology doctoral training program in the department of psychiatry at Addis Ababa University

Brandon Kohrt, MD, PhD 

George Washington University

Research focusing on populations affected by war-related trauma, chronic poverty, discrimination, and lack of access to healthcare and education; currently working on anti-stigma campaigns and family psycho-education programs for mental health problems in low-income countries

Crick Lund, PhD 

Kings College, UK 

Expert in the field of poverty and mental illness; CEO of the UK DFID funded Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME) consortium of research institutions and Ministries of Health in five countries in Asia and Africa

Atif Rahman, MD PhD 

University of Liverpool, UK 

Expert in the field of maternal mental health and poor child outcomes; developed and tested community-based complex interventions for maternal depression and child development in Pakistan

Graham Thornicroft, MB, BS, PhD

Kings Cross College, UK 

Research expertise include stigma and discrimination, development of outcome scales, cost effectiveness evaluation of mental health treatments, and mental health services in low-income countries; expert in dissemination and implementation research

Mark Tomlinson, PhD 

Stellenbosch University, South Africa 

Epidemiological work investigating associations between postpartum depression and mother-infant relationship, and impact of postpartum depression on infant and child development; currently focusing on health system challenges of scaling up services for infants and children

Mark Van Ommeren, PhD, MA 

World Health Organization 

WHO focal point for mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies; key role in drafting IASC Guidelines, Sphere Standards, WHO guidelines and clinical protocols, and WHO assessment tools