Emily Mendenhall, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) Program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Dr. Mendenhall has conducted cross-cultural research on the syndemics of poverty, depression, and diabetes in vulnerable populations residing in urban India, Kenya, South Africa, and the United States. Her first book, published in 2012, “Syndemic Suffering: Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes among Mexican Immigrant Women,” was the first book-length analysis of a syndemic and provides the theoretical foundation for her cross-cultural research. Currently Dr. Mendenhall is writing a second book that brings together more than two-dozen articles on her research of syndemics in cross-cultural context.
Dr. Mendenhall's co-edited book with Dr. Brandon Kohrt of Duke University entitled, "Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives" will be released in March 2015. Drawing on the experience of many well-known experts in this area, the book uses engaging narratives to illustrate that mental illnesses are not only problems experienced by individuals but must also be understood and treated at the social and cultural levels.
Previously, Dr. Mendenhall has served as a Visiting Researcher at the Africa Mental Health Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya; Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Research Fellow in the Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa; National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar at Public Health Foundation of India in Delhi, India; and Research Associate with the Collaborative Research Unit at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, United States.
Dr. Mendenhall also is founding director of a non-profit committed to developing global health curricula for youth through which she has edited a series of books: “Global Health Narratives” (2009), “Environmental Health Narratives” (2012, with Adam Koon) and “Community Health Narratives” (2015, with Dr. Kathy Wollner). More information is available on online: www.GHN4C.org.