Maggie Wilson, Geography Ph.D. student, recently received the European Union Center’s Graduate Research Grant. This summer, Wilson will travel to Geneva, Switzerland to begin her dissertation field research about how mental health programs are being integrated into humanitarian emergency response programs. Medical humanitarian organizations traditionally have not offered mental health services as part of emergency response, but recently mental healthcare has started to become integrated with primary care in humanitarian medicine. She is interested in how mental health becomes a matter of concern for humanitarian medicine, as well as how clinicians negotiate the challenges of providing mental healthcare in humanitarian emergencies. This first phase of her research will entail interviews with representatives of medical humanitarian organizations and international agencies to start to better understand the logics at work and challenges presented by this evolving form of humanitarian medicine.
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