Byron Good, Ph.D., B.D.
Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
Dr. Good’s present work focuses on research and mental health services development in Asian societies, particularly Indonesia. He has been a frequent visiting professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University, in Jogyakarta, Indonesia. He has conducted research with colleagues there on the early phases of psychotic illness for more than 10 years, and is co-director of the International Pilot Study of the Onset of Psychosis (IPSOS), a multi-site study of early experiences of psychosis and care-seeking in Indonesia (Jogyakarta, Jakarta), China (Shanghai, Beijing), Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Boston. For the past two years, Prof. Good has been collaborating with Prof. Mary-Jo Good and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on developing mental health services in post-tsunami and post-conflict Aceh (Indonesia). They have conducted major, research- based evaluations of levels of military violence and trauma suffered by civilian communities in rural Aceh, and are currently collaborating with IOM to provide and evaluate outreach mental health care to 75 high conflict villages in Aceh.
Prof. Good’s broader interests focus on the theorization of subjectivity in contemporary societies — on the relation of political, cultural, and psychological renderings of the subject and experience, with a special interest in Indonesia. He is an editor of two volumes published by the University of California Press: Subjectivity: Ethnographic Investigations (Biehl, Good & Kleinman, 2007), and Postcolonial Disorders (M. Good, Hyde, Pinto & B. Good, 2008). He continues to investigate how culture and social forms structure the onset, experience, and course of psychiatric disorders, and is an editor of Culture and Panic Disorder (D. Hinton & Good, Stanford University Press, 2009). In the past several years he has been involved in building and evaluating mental health services in low resource settings in Asia, particularly in Aceh. Dr. Good is a former editor-in-chief of the international journal Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry (from 1986-2004) and has been a member of numerous editorial boards. He is currently a member of the board of editors of Early Intervention in Psychiatry.
Byron J. Good is Professor of Medical Anthropology and former Chair (2000-2006), Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. Dr. Good is director of the International Mental Health Training Program, funded by the Fogarty International Center to train psychiatrists from China in mental health services research. He co-directed the NIMH Training Program in Culture and Mental Health Services, which brought post-doctoral trainees in medical and psychiatric anthropology to Harvard for 24 years.
Dr. Good holds a B.A. degree from Goshen College, a B.D. from Harvard Divinity School, and the Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago. He joined Harvard Medical School as an assistant professor in 1983.
Childhood maltreatment profile in a clinical population in China: A further analysis with existing data of an epidemiologic survey. April 15, 2013. Comprehensive psychiatry.
Age and remission of personality pathology in the psychotic disorders compared to mood and/or anxiety disorders. January 1, 2012. International journal of psychiatry in medicine.
Prevalence of personality disorders using two diagnostic systems in psychiatric outpatients in Shanghai, China: a comparison of uni-axial and multi-axial formulation. December 8, 2011. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology.
Early intervention in psychosis: a case study on normal and pathological. December 1, 2009. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.
Current legislation on admission of mentally ill patients in China. November 12, 2009. International journal of law and psychiatry.
Conflict nightmares and trauma in Aceh. June 1, 2009. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.
Transitions. June 1, 2007. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.
Culture and stigma: adding moral experience to stigma theory. December 22, 2006. Social science & medicine (1982).
Passing the torch. March 1, 2005. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.
First-episode psychosis: influences of culture and medical comorbidity. September 1, 2004. Harvard review of psychiatry.
Culture and panic disorder: how far have we come? June 1, 2002. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.
Negotiating care: treating an African man with a central nervous system infection. September 1, 2001. Harvard review of psychiatry.
Clinician experiences of managed mental health care: a rereading of the threat. March 1, 2000. Medical anthropology quarterly.
The place of culture in DSM-IV. August 1, 1999. The Journal of nervous and mental disease.
Culture and DSM-IV: diagnosis, knowledge and power. June 1, 1996. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.
Oncology and narrative time. March 1, 1994. Social science & medicine (1982).
In the subjunctive mode: epilepsy narratives in Turkey. March 1, 1994. Social science & medicine (1982).
Culture, diagnosis and comorbidity. January 1, 1992. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.
Oncologists vary in their willingness to undertake anti-cancer therapies. August 1, 1991. British journal of cancer.
American oncology and the discourse on hope. March 1, 1990. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.
Telling the diagnosis of cancer. May 1, 1989. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Disabling practitioners: hazards of learning to be a doctor in American medical education. April 1, 1989. The American journal of orthopsychiatry.
Ritual, the state, and the transformation of emotional discourse in Iranian society. March 1, 1988. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.
Do patient attitudes influence physician recognition of psychosocial problems in primary care? July 1, 1987. The Journal of family practice.
Patient requests in primary health care settings: development and validation of a research instrument. June 1, 1983. Journal of behavioral medicine.
Reflexivity and countertransference in a psychiatric cultural consultation clinic. September 1, 1982. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.
When rational men fall sick: an inquiry into some assumptions made by medical anthropologists. Comment. December 1, 1981. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.
Priorities for research to advance the comparative study of medical systems: summary of the discussion at the final session of the conference. April 1, 1978. Social science & medicine.
The heart of what's the matter. The semantics of illness in Iran. April 1, 1977. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.
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