Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

Research Interests:  Global health, global mental health, culture and political economy of biomedicine, biotechnology and bioethics, humanitarianism, postcolonial disorders, conflict and post-conflict studies, USA, Southeast Asia, Middle East.

Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, a comparative sociologist and medical anthropologist (Ph.D. in Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies,  Harvard ’77 ), is Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and has taught as well in the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology since 1983. She chairs the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs seminar on Culture, Psychiatry and Global Mental Health.  She was co-editor in chief of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, with Byron Good, from 1986 through 2005. Together with Arthur Kleinman and Byron Good, she built and directed an NIMH pre- and postdoctoral program in medical and psychiatric anthropology (1984-2008); and is co-PI of a Fogarty International Center training program in medical anthropology for Chinese psychiatrists, “Building Research to Improve Mental Health in China across the Lifespan” (2001-2016).  Professor Good was awarded the Silver Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government in appreciation for the program’s contributions. Professor Good has spent 20 years collaborating with University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, on building research and programs in bioethics, the culture of medicine, and psychiatry. She and her husband Byron Good are PIs of an ongoing program on “Interuniversity Partnerships for Strengthening Health Systems in Indonesia: Building New Capacity for Mental Health Care” in Java and Aceh. Both were PIs for the International Organization for Migration project on “Postconflict / Post Tsunami Community Assessment and Mental Health Revitalization to Aceh Province in Indonesia” (2005-2012). She continues research on the culture of medicine and psychiatry in the US, including a Russell Sage Foundation-funded study, Shattering Culture: American Medicine’s Response to Cultural Diversity; is senior editor and contributing author of Postcolonial Disorders and A Reader in Medical Anthropology: Theoretical Trajectories, Emergent Realities, and continues to write on medical humanitarianism.

Professor Good will be teaching an undergraduate seminar on the Sociology of Biomedicine and Global Health (Sociology 168) during the fall 2018 term. 

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Mailing address:
643 Huntington Ave, 304
Boston, MA 02115
p: 617-432-2557

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