Catherine Panter-Brick is the Bruce A. and Davi-Ellen Chabner Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs at Yale University, where she directs the Global Health Multidisciplinary Academic Program, the Program on Conflict, Resilience, and Health and the Program on Stress and Family Resilience. She holds joint appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Public Health. She is also Senior Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Social Science & Medicine, President of the Human Biology Association, and Head of one of Yale’s Residential Colleges.
A medical anthropologist, Panter-Brick was trained in both human biology and the social sciences. Her research addresses issues of risk and resilience in contexts of war, forced displacement, famine, and poverty. She has extensive experience leading mixed-methods research, having directed over forty interdisciplinary projects in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Jordan, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, the UK and the USA. For her work in humanitarian areas, she received the Lucy Mair Medal, awarded by the Royal Anthropology Institute to honor excellence in the application of anthropology to the active recognition of human dignity.
On the issue of resilience and mental health, Panter-Brick has been a keynote speaker at the United Nations, contributed to international media broadcasts, and presented at international iNGO dissemination events, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the United States Institute of Peace. She leads research initiatives to develop effective partnerships between scholars, practitioners, and policymakers. An example of recent work strengthening the evidence base for mental health and resilience interventions with refugee youth was funded by the Wellcome Trust and the UK Government under the Elrha’s R2HC Program. She publishes extensively in biomedical and social sciences journals, and has coedited seven books, most recently Medical Humanitarianism (Penn Press 2015) and Pathways to Peace (MIT Press, 2014).