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Brandon A. Kohrt, MD, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health
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Social and Community Psychiatry
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Campus Mail: DUMC Box 90519, 213 Trent Hall, 310 Trent Driv, Durham, NC 27708

Brandon Kohrt is a medical anthropologist and psychiatrist who completed his MD-PhD at Emory University in 2009. He is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Global Health, and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Dr. Kohrt has worked in Nepal since 1996 researching and aiding victims of war including child soldiers. Since 2006 has worked with Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal. Dr. Kohrt has been a consultant to The Carter Center Mental Health Program Liberia Initiative since 2010. Dr. Kohrt is the component lead for the Grand Challenges Canada funded Mental Health Beyond Facilities (mhBeF) program in Nepal, Liberia, and Uganda. Dr. Kohrt has published scientific articles and book chapters about mental health among conflict- and disaster-affected populations in Nepal, Liberia, and Haiti. Dr. Kohrt has collaborated on numerous documentary films about human rights and global health including Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal’s Maoist Army.  

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Emory University, 2009
  • M.D., Emory University, 2009

Publications

Pham, Tony V., Rishav Koirala, Milton L. Wainberg, and Brandon A. Kohrt. “Reassessing the Mental Health Treatment Gap: What Happens if We Include the Impact of Traditional Healing on Mental Illness?” Community Mental Health Journal 57, no. 4 (May 2021): 777–91. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-020-00705-5.

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Zajkowska, Zuzanna, Annabel Walsh, Valentina Zonca, Nancy Gullett, Gloria A. Pedersen, Christian Kieling, Johnna R. Swartz, et al. “A systematic review of the association between biological markers and environmental stress risk factors for adolescent depression.” Journal of Psychiatric Research 138 (April 7, 2021): 163–75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.04.003.

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Maharjan, Sujen Man, Anubhuti Poudyal, Alastair van Heerden, Prabin Byanjankar, Ada Thapa, Celia Islam, Brandon A. Kohrt, and Ashley Hagaman. “Passive sensing on mobile devices to improve mental health services with adolescent and young mothers in low-resource settings: the role of families in feasibility and acceptability.” Bmc Medical Informatics and Decision Making 21, no. 1 (April 7, 2021): 117. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12911-021-01473-2.

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Rimal, Pragya, Sonu Khadka, Bhawana Bogati, Jamuna Chaudhury, Laxmi Kumari Rawat, Kumari Chhaya Bhat, Pramita Manandhar, et al. “Cross-cultural adaptation of motivational interviewing for use in rural Nepal.” Bmc Psychol 9, no. 1 (April 1, 2021): 52. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-021-00557-y.

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Latham, Rachel M., Christian Kieling, Louise Arseneault, Thiago Botter-Maio Rocha, Andrew Beddows, Sean D. Beevers, Andrea Danese, et al. “Childhood exposure to ambient air pollution and predicting individual risk of depression onset in UK adolescents.” J Psychiatr Res 138 (March 25, 2021): 60–67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.03.042.

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McBride, K., S. Harrison, S. Mahata, K. Pfeffer, F. Cardamone, T. Ngigi, B. Kohrt, et al. “Building Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Capacity during a Pandemic: The Process of Adapting Problem Management plus for Remote Training and Implementation during COVID-19 in New York City, Europe and East Africa.” Intervention 19, no. 1 (March 1, 2021): 37–47. https://doi.org/10.4103/INTV.INTV_30_20.

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Pedersen, G., F. Gebrekristos, L. Eloul, S. Golden, M. Hemmo, A. Akhtar, A. Schafer, and B. Kohrt. “Development of a Tool to Assess Competencies of Problem Management plus Facilitators Using Observed Standardised Role Plays: The EQUIP Competency Rating Scale for Problem Management plus.” Intervention 19, no. 1 (March 1, 2021): 107–17. https://doi.org/10.4103/INTV.INTV_40_20.

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Pham, Tony V., Bonnie N. Kaiser, Rishav Koirala, Sujen Man Maharjan, Nawaraj Upadhaya, Lauren Franz, and Brandon A. Kohrt. “Traditional Healers and Mental Health in Nepal: A Scoping Review.” Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 45, no. 1 (March 2021): 97–140. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11013-020-09676-4.

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Kola, Lola, Brandon A. Kohrt, Charlotte Hanlon, John A. Naslund, Siham Sikander, Madhumitha Balaji, Corina Benjet, et al. “COVID-19 mental health impact and responses in low-income and middle-income countries: reimagining global mental health.” Lancet Psychiatry, February 24, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(21)00025-0.

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Tergesen, Cori L., Dristy Gurung, Saraswati Dhungana, Ajay Risal, Prem Basel, Dipesh Tamrakar, Archana Amatya, Lawrence P. Park, and Brandon A. Kohrt. “Impact of Service User Video Presentations on Explicit and Implicit Stigma toward Mental Illness among Medical Students in Nepal: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Int J Environ Res Public Health 18, no. 4 (February 22, 2021). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18042143.

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