AMHIG Business Meeting Minutes

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Meeting Minutes: Anthropology and Mental Health Interest Group

Minneapolis, MN, 11/17/16

 

1)      AMHIG Conference- A few years ago we put on a very successful 1 day conference at American University prior to the AAA Meetings. Participants discussed whether we would like to do this again in 2017. We reported that this year, another SIG had carried out a half-day conference by piggy-backing on the existing conference rather than running a stand-alone meeting, as we had done. We discussed the fact that this approach would entail far less work than the one we used. We are currently in contact with the Society for Medical Anthropology to put this initiative into place. If we get the green light, the meeting will likely take place on November 28, 2017 in Washington, DC.

2)      Policy statement- The SMA encourages it SIGs to develop policy papers on issues of significant concern through its Take a Stand initiative. A number of interesting mental health issues were raised that would lend themselves to this type of initiative. However, given that the incoming Trump Administration’s specific policies regarding mental health and well-being were unknown, it was decided to table this initiative to our next meeting.

3)      Paper prize- We reported on our first paper prize competition. The winners were Whitney Duncan (University of Northern Colorado) in the Professional category and Philippa Fielding (University of Sussex) for the Student category. We will be submitting an RFP for 2017’s paper prize in the Spring.

Note: For those who can attend, we will hold a business meeting at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting in Santa Fe, NM.

Call for Presentations: “Enriching Qualitative Inquiry in Health” at University College of London

We invite abstracts for the UCL Qualitative Health Research Symposium 2015 “Enriching Qualitative Inquiry in Health” which will take place on Wednesday, 18th February, 2015.

The deadline for abstracts is Monday, 1st December, 2014.

“Enriching Qualitative Inquiry in Health”

UCL Qualitative Health Research Symposium 2015: Call for abstracts Interest is growing in qualitative approaches to health research. This is a welcome endorsement of its contributions. However, there may be tensions between the philosophies and practices of qualitative approaches, and those of a prevailing, quantitatively-oriented health research culture. Some projects navigate the terrain well, while others leave qualitative researchers discouraged around the pursuits of applicability, value, and relevance.

Qualitative research groups at UCL’s Department of Applied Health Research, the Health Behaviour Research Centre (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health) and the Division of Psychiatry hold regular meetings to grapple with these issues. Building on the success of a jointly hosted 2013 symposium, we are organising a second symposium to:

(1) Examine work that recognises the value of qualitative perspectives, approaches, and methods for the study of health, illness, and care

(2) Foster critical thinking around the limitations, obstacles, and challenges in fulfilling its potential

(3) Work towards conceptualising an enriched landscape for qualitative research on health, illness, and care.

 

While not limited to the following topics, we are particularly interested in reflections on:

*         Ways that researchers navigate, consider, and apply qualitative approaches

*         Insights qualitative approaches have brought to research on health, illness, and care

*         Challenges advancing qualitative perspectives within academia, and between academic and   non-academic settings

*         Enriching qualitative contributions by drawing on new concepts and methods

*         Expanding the contributions of qualitative approaches to healthcare policy and practice

We invite abstract submissions from any discipline. Submissions should include an abstract (maximum 350 words), affiliation, and full contact information. The deadline is Monday 1 December, 2014. Please submit abstracts to Ms Yana Kitova at y.kitova@ucl.ac.uk and include “Qualitative symposium 2015 abstract submission” in the subject header. Submissions will be considered for oral and poster presentations. For more information on the conference or questions about submitting an abstract, please contact Dr Lesley McGregor, at l.mcgregor@ucl.ac.uk or Mr Henry Llewellyn at h.llewellyn@ucl.ac.uk.

Exact time, location, and registration opportunities to be circulated in December.

Job Posting: Assistant Professor of Community Psychology at UNC Charlotte

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY/PREVENTION SCIENCE

The Department of Psychology at University of North Carolina, Charlotte (http://www.psych.uncc.edu) invites applications for a tenure track position to begin August 2015. We welcome applicants with research and teaching interests in any area of Community Psychology.

Required qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Psychology or a related field; potential for distinguished research productivity that can contribute effectively to our graduate programs in Community and Health Psychology; commitment to teaching a diverse student population at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Preferred qualifications include: a track record of publications and obtaining external funding for research; experience teaching courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels; potential to teach courses in program evaluation, prevention, community interventions, and undergraduate community psychology.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research intensive university located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas on an expanding modern campus. It is part of one of the oldest public university systems in the United States. UNC Charlotte offers over 27,000 culturally diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  Applications must be submitted electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu.  Please attach the following documents with your electronic application: (1) letter of interest in the position explaining how you meet the requirements, (2) a statement of research/teaching interests, (3) curriculum vitae, (4) up to three representative publications, (5) evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), (6) three letters of recommendations, and (7) copy of graduate transcripts. Alternatively, letters of recommendation may be sent directly by mail or email to Dr. Jim Cook (PsychologySearch@uncc.edu), Chair Search Committee, Department of Psychology, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 28223-0001. Review of applications will begin November 14, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. UNC Charlotte strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Therefore, we celebrate diversity that includes, but is not limited to, ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. Applicants subject to criminal background check.  AA/EOE.

Job Posting: Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Global Health) at UC San Diego

Assistant Professor

Division of Social Sciences – Anthropology [Global Health]

The Department of Anthropology within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego (http://www.anthro.ucsd.edu/) is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in medical or psychiatric anthropology.  The position will require commitment to the undergraduate Global Health Program through teaching on topics such as global mental health, immigrant and refugee health, gender and health, food insecurity, environment and health, infectious diseases, health disparities, and indigenous healing practices, as well as to the undergraduate and graduate program in psychological and medical anthropology.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in anthropology and an active research program.  Geographical and culture areas are open. Successful candidates will be judged both on research accomplishments and potential for and demonstrated leadership in area contributing to diversity. This appointment is a tenure-track assistant professor position beginning July 1, 2015.

Applications are accepted at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF00607. Please include electronic versions of: an application cover letter, research and teaching statements, curriculum vitae, samples of written work, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and names and current contact information for three referees (do not send letter of recommendation and/or placement files). Additionally, applicants are required to submit a separate statement summarizing their past and/or potential contributions to diversity.

(See http://facultyequity.ucsd.edu/Faculty-Applicant-C2D-Info.asp for further assistance regarding UCSD’s diversity expectations). Please select the following recruitment: Assistant Professor (10-806) – Anthropology/Global Health.

Application deadline is October 10, 2014.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

Call for Papers: Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture

The Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC) is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2015 Annual Meeting to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, April 23-25, 2015. SSPC is also accepting paper submissions for the Charles Hughes and John Spiegel Fellowships for trainees in social and clinical sciences. Deadlines for abstracts and fellowship applications are September 15, 2015.

Full details for submission are included in the attached “Call for Papers” and “Call for Fellows.”

Conference Themes

We especially encourage interactive workshop submissions focused on the five conference themes in culture and global mental health.

  1. Origins and transformations of knowledge and practice in global mental health
  1. Human rights, ethics, politics, and policy
  1. Social determinants of mental health and health care
  1. Intervention development and cultural adaptation
  1. Scaling-up, implementation, and knowledge dissemination

 

In addition, there are cross-cutting issues that may play a part in each of the above:

  • Knowledge transfer between and among low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and high-income countries (HIC)

         Technologies

  • Stigma

         Populations and predicaments

For additional conference or SSPC information, please contact Roberto Lewis-Fernández, Chairman of the Program Committee, at rlewis@nyspi.columbia.edu, or Liz Kramer, Executive Director, at ekramer931@gmail.com. For information on trainee fellowships, please contact Brandon Kohrt at brandon.kohrt@duke.edu.

SSPC2015_Call for Hughes and Spiegel Fellows

SSPC2015_CallforPapers.doc