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PhD, McGill University

Dominique Béhague

Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society
Affiliated Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dominique P. Béhague is Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society and affiliated faculty in the Anthropology Department at Vanderbilt University. She received a BA and MA in Social Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in the US, and a PhD in Anthropology and Social Studies of Medicine from McGill University in Canada (2004). From 2005 to 2010 she was Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), where she is now Honorary Lecturer. In 2009, she completed an Msc in Epidemiology at the LSHTM, funded by the Wellcome Trust, to support both her long-standing engagement with interdisciplinary research and her growing interest in the anthropology of statistical forms of reasoning in global health. Dominique came to Vanderbilt in 2012 after 10 years in the UK where she was Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Anthropology at Brunel University and prior to that, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Anthropology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Dominique’s long-term ethnographic research in Southern Brazil investigates the concurrent emergence of new forms of community-based psychiatric practice and different typologies of adolescent psychopathology and developmental transformation. A collaborative project with the Department of Social Medicine at the Federal University of Pelotas, this research followed the lives of a core group of 90 young people, participants of an ongoing 1982 Pelotas birth cohort study, from their 15th to their 25th birthdays (1997-2007). She is currently completing a book manuscript based on this research entitled Troubled Teens: Psychiatry and the Shaping of Adolescence in the Wake of Brazil’s New Democracy. A second more recent project studies the politics of evidence-production and use, particularly as it relates to recent epistemic shifts in the global health evidence-based movement.

With grants from the US National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the World Health Organization, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and The Wellcome Trust, amongst others, her research has led to over 25 publications, several in prominent journals such as Social Science & MedicineCulture Medicine and Psychiatry,Medical Anthropology QuarterlyThe American Journal of Public Health and The British Medical Journal. Currently, she is developing new proposals to study the relationship between evidence-production and global health advocacy together with colleagues at Vanderbilt, the LSHTM, and the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London, where she also holds a yearly summer appointment as Senior Lecturer.


  • Anthropology of psychiatry
  • Reproductive health and adolescent mental health in Brazil and the embodiment of conflicting styles of reasoning
  • Politics of epistemic shifts in global health evidence-based movement