Brandon A. Kohrt

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Internal office address: 
Box 90519, 213 Trent Hall, 310 Trent Driv, Durham, NC 27708


Brandon Kohrt is a medical anthropologist and psychiatrist who completed his MD-PhD at Emory University in 2009. He is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Global Health, and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Dr. Kohrt has worked in Nepal since 1996 researching and aiding victims of war including child soldiers. Since 2006 has worked with Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal. Dr. Kohrt has been a consultant to The Carter Center Mental Health Program Liberia Initiative since 2010. Dr. Kohrt is the component lead for the Grand Challenges Canada funded Mental Health Beyond Facilities (mhBeF) program in Nepal, Liberia, and Uganda. Dr. Kohrt has published scientific articles and book chapters about mental health among conflict- and disaster-affected populations in Nepal, Liberia, and Haiti. Dr. Kohrt has collaborated on numerous documentary films about human rights and global health including Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal’s Maoist Army.  

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Emory University 2009

  • M.D., Emory University 2009

Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Task Sharing: Stigma Reduction in Primary Care awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2019

Optimizing Provider Attitudes and Competence in Learning Mental Health Systems (OPAL) awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

Kohrt, BA, and Griffith, JL. "Global mental health praxis: Perspectives from cultural psychiatry on research and intervention." Re-Visioning Psychiatry. January 1, 2015. 575-612. Full Text

Kohrt, BA, Worthman, CM, and Upadhaya, N. "Karma to chromosomes: Studying the biology of PTSD in a world of culture." Culture and PTSD: Trauma in Global and Historical Perspective. January 1, 2015. 307-333.

Kohrt, BA. "The Role of traditional rituals for reintegration andpsychosocial well-being of child soldiers in Nepal." Genocide and Mass Violence: Memory, Symptom, and Recovery. January 1, 2014. 369-387. Full Text

Panter-Brick, C, Lende, D, and Kohrt, BA. "Children in Global Adversity: Physical, Mental, Behavioral, and Symbolic Dimensions of Health." The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Child Development. September 18, 2012. Full Text

Acharya, B, Maru, D, Schwarz, R, Citrin, D, Tenpa, J, Hirachan, S, Basnet, M, Thapa, P, Swar, S, Halliday, S, Kohrt, B, Luitel, NP, Hung, E, Gauchan, B, Pokharel, R, and Ekstrand, M. "Partnerships in mental healthcare service delivery in low-resource settings: developing an innovative network in rural Nepal (Published online)." Globalization and Health 13.1 (December 2017). Full Text

Mendenhall, E, Kohrt, BA, Norris, SA, Ndetei, D, and Prabhakaran, D. "Non-communicable disease syndemics: poverty, depression, and diabetes among low-income populations." Lancet 389.10072 (March 4, 2017): 951-963. (Review) Full Text

Jordans, M, Rathod, S, Fekadu, A, Medhin, G, Kigozi, F, Kohrt, B, Luitel, N, Petersen, I, Shidhaye, R, Ssebunnya, J, Patel, V, and Lund, C. "Suicidal ideation and behaviour among community and health care seeking populations in five low- and middle-income countries: a cross-sectional study (Accepted)." Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences (February 16, 2017): 1-10. Full Text

Kane, JC, Luitel, NP, Jordans, MJD, Kohrt, BA, Weissbecker, I, and Tol, WA. "Mental health and psychosocial problems in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes: findings from a representative cluster sample survey." Epidemiology and psychiatric sciences (January 9, 2017): 1-10. Full Text

Haroz, EE, Ritchey, M, Bass, JK, Kohrt, BA, Augustinavicius, J, Michalopoulos, L, Burkey, MD, and Bolton, P. "How is depression experienced around the world? A systematic review of qualitative literature." Social science & medicine (1982) (December 22, 2016). Full Text

Mendenhall, E, Yarris, K, and Kohrt, BA. "Utilization of Standardized Mental Health Assessments in Anthropological Research: Possibilities and Pitfalls." Culture, medicine and psychiatry 40.4 (December 2016): 726-745.

Tsai, AC, Kohrt, BA, Matthews, LT, Betancourt, TS, Lee, JK, Papachristos, AV, Weiser, SD, and Dworkin, SL. "Promises and pitfalls of data sharing in qualitative research." Social science & medicine (1982) 169 (November 2016): 191-198. Full Text

Kohrt, BA, Marienfeld, CB, Panter-Brick, C, Tsai, AC, and Wainberg, ML. "Global Mental Health: Five Areas for Value-Driven Training Innovation." Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry 40.4 (August 2016): 650-658. Full Text Open Access Copy

Griffith, JL, Kohrt, B, Dyer, A, Polatin, P, Morse, M, Jabr, S, Abdeen, S, Gaby, LM, Jindal, A, and Khin, EK. "Training Psychiatrists for Global Mental Health: Cultural Psychiatry, Collaborative Inquiry, and Ethics of Alterity." Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry 40.4 (August 2016): 701-706. Full Text