Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Ph.D.

Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
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Professor Good’s research broadly focuses on the culture and political economy of biomedicine, biotechnology and bioethics, including clinical realities and moral dilemmas encountered by physicians in the United States and globally (Indonesia, East Africa). She has published extensively on clinical narratives particularly in oncology and medicine; on the meaning of professional competence and medical errors in medical training and practice. Her research in the United States, funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, asks whether culture counts in mental health services and medical care, and examines both the professional and clinical cultures of psychiatry and medicine as they shape institutional as well as individual clinicians’ responses to the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of patient populations. Professor Good was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in 2002-2003.

Professor Good has been a visiting professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, where she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 1996-1997. Since that time, she has collaborated with colleagues at UGM on establishing a Center for Bioethics, Humanities and Social Medicine. Current collaborative projects include a comparative study of the impact of patient death on physicians and implications for quality of care at the end of life in the United States and in Indonesia, funded by grants from the Cummings Foundation and the American-Indonesian Educational Foundation; and studies of doctoring in crisis examining physicians and psychiatrists’ responses to disasters such as the tsunami in Aceh and the earthquake in Yogyakarta.

In addition to her research on biomedicine, Professor Good has been collaborating with Professor Byron Good and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on developing mental health services in post-tsunami and post-conflict Aceh (Indonesia). They have conducted evaluations of levels of military violence and trauma suffered by civilian communities in rural Aceh, and are currently collaborating with IOM to provide outreach mental heatlh care to 75 high-conflict affected villages.

In addition, Professor Good studies political subjectivity of contemporary Indonesians, including artists and physicians and has written together with her husband on the meanings of “amok” in recent Indonesian politics and daily life.

Professor Good’s comparative interests have long focused on the relationship between individuals and the state and most recently on states in crisis and political subjectivity. She is editor of the volume, Postcolonial Disorders, (M. Good, Hyde, Pinto, B. Good, University of California Press, 2008) and a contributor to Subjectivity:Ethnographic Investigations (Biehl, B. Good, Kleinman: 2007).

Professor Good is a former co-editor-in-chief of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry: An International Journal of Comparative Cross-Cultural Research (1992-2004), serving previously as associate editor since 1986. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science and Medicine, and Ethos, among others, including the Cambridge/ Rutgers series in medical anthropology (Cambridge UP 1994-2004; Rutgers UP 2005), and the Bergham series in anthropology (Oxford). Professor Good was a member of the founding steering committee of the International Forum for Social Science in Health (1992-1996).

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, a comparative sociologist and medical anthropologist, is Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and faculty in the Department of Sociology, Harvard University. She is a faculty affiliate of the Asia Center, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Professor Good is a member of the steering committee for the Harvard Global Health Institute. She is a member of University standing committees for Middle Eastern Studies, Global Health, Islamic Studies, and Special Concentrations. At HMS, she 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 over 24 years. She is core faculty for the International Mental Health Training Program, funded by the Fogarty International Center, to train psychiatrists from China in mental health services research. Professor Good teaches and advises Harvard medical students as well as graduate and undergraduate students in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She chairs the University Milton Fund Committee, serves on the HMS IRB, and is a member of the HMS Joint Committee on the Status of Women.

Professor Good was a Peace Corp Volunteer in Turkey and subsequently carried out research on religion and politics; she studied social change, women’s health, and population and health policies in Iran. She was a scientific advisor for the Harvard Institute on International Development on studies of ORT and child survival in Indonesia and Pakistan, and has had a long interest in women’s mental and physical health. She has written in collaboration with former students and East African fellows on studies of the impact of HIV/AIDS on physician resilience and burnout in Kenya and Tanzania, and on comparative projects studying the ethics of medical disclosure in Japan and Thailand.

  1. Zhang T, Wang L, Good MJ, Good BJ, Chow A, Dai Y, Yu J, Zhang H, Xiao Z. 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.

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  2. Good MJ. The inner life of medicine: a commentary on anthropologies of clinical training in the twenty-first century. June 1, 2011. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.

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  3. Willen SS, Bullon A, Good MJ. Opening up a huge can of worms: reflections on a "cultural sensitivity" course for psychiatry residents. July 1, 2010. Harvard review of psychiatry.

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  4. Shao Y, Xie B, Good MJ, Good BJ. Current legislation on admission of mentally ill patients in China. November 12, 2009. International journal of law and psychiatry.

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  5. Hinton DE, Rasmussen A, Nou L, Pollack MH, Good MJ. Anger, PTSD, and the nuclear family: a study of Cambodian refugees. September 10, 2009. Social science & medicine (1982).

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  6. Grayman JH, Good MJ, Good BJ. Conflict nightmares and trauma in Aceh. June 1, 2009. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.

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  7. Garland JS, Alex CP, Sevallius JM, Murphy DM, Good MJ, Volberding AM, Hofer LL, Gordon BJ, Maki DG. Cohort study of the pathogenesis and molecular epidemiology of catheter-related bloodstream infection in neonates with peripherally inserted central venous catheters. March 1, 2008. Infection control and hospital epidemiology : the official journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America.

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  8. Lasser KE, Ayanian JZ, Fletcher RH, Good MJ. Barriers to colorectal cancer screening in community health centers: a qualitative study. February 27, 2008. BMC family practice.

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  9. Good BJ, Good MJ. Transitions. June 1, 2007. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.

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  10. Ruopp P, Good MJ, Lakoma M, Gadmer NM, Arnold RM, Block SD. Questioning care at the end of life. June 1, 2005. Journal of palliative medicine.

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  11. Good BJ, Good MJ. Passing the torch. March 1, 2005. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.

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  12. Raviola G, Machoki M, Mwaikambo E, Good MJ. HIV, disease plague, demoralization and "burnout": resident experience of the medical profession in Nairobi, Kenya. March 1, 2002. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.

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  13. Good MJ. The biotechnical embrace. December 1, 2001. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.

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  14. Good MJ, Mwaikambo E, Amayo E, Machoki JM. Clinical realities and moral dilemmas: contrasting perspectives from academic medicine in Kenya, Tanzania, and America. January 1, 1999. Daedalus.

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  15. Marjoribanks T, Good MJ, Lawthers AG, Peterson LM. Physicians' discourses on malpractice and the meaning of medical malpractice. June 1, 1996. Journal of health and social behavior.

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  16. Good MD, Gilkey RH. Sound localization in noise: the effect of signal-to-noise ratio. February 1, 1996. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

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  17. Gilkey RH, Good MD. Effects of frequency on free-field masking. December 1, 1995. Human factors.

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  18. Good MJ. Cultural studies of biomedicine: an agenda for research. August 1, 1995. Social science & medicine (1982).

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  19. Farmer P, Lindenbaum S, Good MJ. Women, poverty and AIDS: an introduction. December 1, 1993. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.

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  20. Good MJ. Local knowledge: research capacity building in international health. December 1, 1992. Social science & medicine (1982).

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  21. Good MD, Good BJ, Nassi AJ. Patient requests in primary health care settings: development and validation of a research instrument. June 1, 1983. Journal of behavioral medicine.

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  22. Good BJ, Herrera H, Good MJ, Cooper J. Reflexivity and countertransference in a psychiatric cultural consultation clinic. September 1, 1982. Culture, medicine and psychiatry.

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