GLOBAL HEALTH & 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.
Culture, medicine and psychiatry, March 1, 2005
Harvard review of psychiatry, September 1, 2004
Clifford Geertz by His Colleagues, January 1, 2004
Culture, medicine and psychiatry, June 1, 2002
Harvard review of psychiatry, September 1, 2001
Medical anthropology quarterly, March 1, 2000
The Journal of nervous and mental disease, August 1, 1999
Culture, medicine and psychiatry, June 1, 1996
World Mental Health: Problems and Priorities in Low Income Countries, January 1, 1995
Social science & medicine (1982), March 1, 1994
Assistant: Karen Kwass