Areas of Expertise: Humanitarian Crises; Youth in Adversity; Health Equity; Resilience; Partnerships.
Catherine Panter-Brick is Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs at Yale University, where she directs the Program on Conflict, Resilience, and Health and the Program on Stress and Family Resilience. She is also the Senior Editor (Medical Anthropology) of the interdisciplinary journal Social Science & Medicine and the President-Elect of the Human Biology Association. She serves as Head of Morse College, one of Yale’s 14 residential colleges.
A medical anthropologist, Panter-Brick was trained in both human biology and the social sciences. Her current research addresses issues of risk and resilience in contexts of war, forced displacement, famine, poverty, and social marginalization. She has directed more than forty interdisciplinary research projects in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Jordan, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, and the UK. 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 relief of poverty and distress and to the active recognition of human dignity. 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).
Panter-Brick holds a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and a secondary appointment at the School of Public Health. She actively serves on the Steering Committee of the Yale Women’s Faculty Forum (WFF) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and leads the Early Childhood Peacebuilding Consortium with other faculty at Yale and the United Nations to disseminate scientific research and advocate for better policies on violence prevention. Prior to coming to Yale, she was a Professor of Anthropology at Durham University and a Fellow at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University. She has also been appointed a Senior Research Fellow in the Crisis Prevention & Post-Conflict Unit of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and a Research Associate of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).
Her teaching at Yale includes interdisciplinary courses on global health equity, humanitarian interventions, conflict and resilience. She has organized many Colloquia on the themes of Social Justice, Solidarity, and Forced Migration, Health and Humanitarian Action, Social Innovation, Violence and Agency. On the issue of resilience and forced migration, she has been a keynote speaker at the United Nations, contributed to national and 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 policy-makers. An example of recent work strengthening the evidence base for mental health and resilience interventions in humanitarian crises was funded by the Wellcome Trust and the UK Government under the Elrha’s R2HC Program is found here https://www.elrha.org/project/yale-psychosocial-call2/. An example of presentations to the global networks of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium is found here: https://ecdpeace.org/video/biocultural-research-stress-resilience-prof-catherine-panter-brick-yale