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John Naslund, PhD

Instructor in Global Health and Social Medicine

Dr. Naslund is Instructor of Global Health and Social Medicine. He holds expertise in psychiatric epidemiology, implementation science, and digital mental health. Dr. Naslund's scholarship seeks to advance efforts aimed at improving the lives of individuals facing the challenges of mental illness worldwide. His work is focused in low-resource settings, with emphasis in India and the United States, and covers three major thematic areas: 1) training and building capacity of non-specialist providers for task-sharing and scaling up evidence-based mental health interventions; 2) health promotion and addressing excess mortality in persons living with severe mental disorders; and 3) digital platforms for peer-to-peer support and empowering individuals living with mental illness. Dr. Naslund’s work is supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the Harvard Global Health Institute Burke Fellowship, and the Wellcome Trust. Dr. Naslund is an Honorary Research Fellow with Sangath, a world leading NGO and research organization based in India. He is also co-director of the Mental Health for All Lab at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Naslund has a longstanding track record advocating for the rights, dignity, and quality of healthcare for those living with mental illness.