Brandon Kohrt

Job role: 
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Global Health, and Anthropology
Member type: 
Practitioner/Implementer
Researcher
Brief Biography: 

Brandon Kohrt, MD, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and psychiatrist. He is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Global Health, and Cultural Anthropology at the Duke Global Health Institute and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. Dr. Kohrt has worked in Nepal researching and aiding victims of war including child soldiers. He has worked with Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal conducting research and designing interventions for survivors of political violence, persons with severe mental illness, and persons and families affected by stigma. Dr. Kohrt has been a consultant to The Carter Center Mental Health Program Liberia Initiative since 2010. Dr. Kohrt’s work in Liberia focuses on stigma reduction, family psychoeducation, and consumer advocacy. Dr. Kohrt is the anti-stigma component lead with the Grand Challenges Canada-funded project Mental Health Beyond Facilities (mhBeF) in Uganda, Liberia, and Nepal. Dr. Kohrt is a board member of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture. In the United States, Dr. Kohrt has worked with torture survivors and refugee populations. He is the founding director of HeartMind International. Dr. Kohrt has collaborated on numerous documentary films about human rights and global health including Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal’s Maoist Army.  

Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Human rights
Empowerment and service user involvement
Advocacy
Task sharing
Technology
Prevention and promotion
Detection and diagnosis
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Training, education and capacity building
Regions of interest: 
Africa
Asia
Setting: 
Community
Primary care
Population: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Adults
Families and carers
Minority populations
Humanitarian and conflict health
Disorders of interest: 
All disorders
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Mental Health Beyond Facilities (mhBeF)

Bridging clinical and community care by integrating peer support, livelihood support and stigma reduction
Region: 
Africa
Asia
Population: 
Humanitarian and conflict health
Disorder: 
Epilepsy/seizures
Psychosis/bipolar disorder