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Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health

November 16th, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

“Challenges to Evidence-based Practice in Indigenous Community Mental Health”

Joseph P. Gone, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University, and of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Faculty Director, Harvard University Native American Program

Welcome remarks by Michelle A. Williams, ScD, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School

Moderated by Victor Lopez-Carmen, MPH, Dakota and Yaqui writer and health advocate; student, Harvard Medical School

About our speaker

As an interdisciplinary social scientist with both theoretical and applied interests, Joseph P. Gone, PhD, has collaborated for 25 years with American Indian and other Indigenous communities to rethink community-based mental health services and to harness traditional culture and spirituality for advancing indigenous well-being. He does so from the perspective of a scholar who is trained in health service psychology, inspired by anthropology-style interpretive analysis, and committed to participatory research strategies. Examples of Professor Gone’s projects include comparisons of Indigenous cultural psychologies with the logics of the mental health professions, critical analysis of the concept of Indigenous historical trauma, collaborative development of the Blackfeet Culture Camp for community-based treatment of addiction, and commissioned formulation of the Urban American Indian Traditional Spirituality Program for orienting urban Indigenous peoples to traditional spiritual practices.

About the Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health

Named in honor of Dr. Alonzo Smythe Yerby, an African American pioneer in public health, the Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health brings distinguished minority scientists and scholars to the Harvard Chan School to speak on important health topics. All lectures are open to the public. Click here for a list of previous Yerby lecturers.


Date: November 16th, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Calendars: Public Events, School-wide Events, University-wide Events
Event types: Lectures / Seminars / Forums