Feb 27 2014
Dominique P. Béhague is associate professor of Medicine, Health and Society (MHS) and affiliated faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt. Originally trained as an anthropologist, she began her foray into the intersections of global health and anthropology during her master’s work at Bryn Mawr College, where she also completed her bachelor’s degree. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology and social studies of medicine from McGill University in Canada in 2004. From 2002 to 2010, she was lecturer (assistant professor) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she also held a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship. During her time there, Dominique completed a master of science in epidemiology, out of which she developed a new research interest on the contemporary changes in statistical modes of reasoning within global health.
Dominique’s long-standing research on the emergence of new forms of community-based psychiatry in Pelotas, Brazil, was some of her most formative, laying the groundwork for her later interests in the rise of global mental health expertise. Dominique is currently part of a team partnering with CLAS to develop a proposal to critically examine current evidence and policy practices in global mental health. The partnership, which includes colleagues in MHS and CLAS at Vanderbilt, the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and the Institute of Social Medicine at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, recently received funding through the Vanderbilt International Office to host a proposal development workshop and to begin exploratory research for the project. Dominique is working directly with Ted Fischer and Avery Dickins de Girón to design the proposals, which include plans for close collaboration with colleagues in Brazil and Ecuador.
Since her arrival at Vanderbilt, Dominique has developed and led three classes for MHS and one in anthropology. Her Global Health and Social Justice class focuses on understanding a new wave of critical global health studies, examining health as part of a broader international development issue. Her research-based Psychiatry, Culture, and Globalization class explores the history of debates on globalization and culture in psychiatry and the influence of this history in global mental health today.
Each year, Dominique spends the summer term working at King’s College London. She recently became a member of the Senior Editorial Board for the Vanderbilt University Press. She is currently completing research for an upcoming book compiling results from a ten-year study on the role of community psychiatry in young people’s lives in Pelotas.