Brandon A. Kohrt

Brandon A. Kohrt

Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of 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

Selected Grants

Optimizing Provider Attitudes and Competence in Learning Mental Health Systems (OPAL) awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Task Sharing: Stigma Reduction in Primary Care awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Kohrt, BA, Rai, S, and Maharjan, SM. "Child Soldiers." International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition. March 26, 2015. 430-438. 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, 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. "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

Tol, WA, Jordans, MJD, Kohrt, BA, Betancourt, TS, and Komproe, IH. "Promoting mental health and psychosocial well-being in children affected by political violence: Part II-expanding the evidence base." Handbook of Resilience in Children of War. January 1, 2013. 29-38. Full Text

Tol, WA, Jordans, MJD, Kohrt, BA, Betancourt, TS, and Komproe, IH. "Promoting mental health and psychosocial well-being in children affected by political violence: Part I-current evidence for an ecological resilience approach." Handbook of Resilience in Children of War. January 1, 2013. 11-27. 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

Kohrt, BA, and Song, SJ. "Who benefits from psychosocial support interventions in humanitarian settings?." The Lancet. Global health 6.4 (April 2018): e354-e356. Full Text

Luitel, NP, Baron, EC, Kohrt, BA, Komproe, IH, and Jordans, MJD. "Prevalence and correlates of depression and alcohol use disorder among adults attending primary health care services in Nepal: a cross sectional study." BMC health services research 18.1 (March 27, 2018): 215-. Full Text

Tol, WA, Ebrecht, B, Aiyo, R, Murray, SM, Nguyen, AJ, Kohrt, BA, Ndyanabangi, S, Alderman, S, Musisi, S, and Nakku, J. "Maternal mental health priorities, help-seeking behaviors, and resources in post-conflict settings: a qualitative study in eastern Uganda." BMC psychiatry 18.1 (February 7, 2018): 39-. Full Text

Patel, V, Burns, JK, Dhingra, M, Tarver, L, Kohrt, BA, and Lund, C. "Income inequality and depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the association and a scoping review of mechanisms." World psychiatry : official journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) 17.1 (February 2018): 76-89. Full Text

Adhikari, RP, Upadhaya, N, Satinsky, EN, Burkey, MD, Kohrt, BA, and Jordans, MJD. "Feasibility study of a family- and school-based intervention for child behavior problems in Nepal." Child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health 12 (January 2018): 20-. Full Text

Hagaman, AK, Khadka, S, Lohani, S, and Kohrt, B. "Suicide in Nepal: a modified psychological autopsy investigation from randomly selected police cases between 2013 and 2015." Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology 52.12 (December 2017): 1483-1494. Full Text

Acharya, B, Basnet, M, Rimal, P, Citrin, D, Hirachan, S, Swar, S, Thapa, P, Pandit, J, Pokharel, R, and Kohrt, B. "Translating mental health diagnostic and symptom terminology to train health workers and engage patients in cross-cultural, non-English speaking populations." International Journal of Mental Health Systems 11.1 (December 2017). Full Text

Ramaiya, MK, Fiorillo, D, Regmi, U, Robins, CJ, and Kohrt, BA. "A Cultural Adaptation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Nepal." Cognitive and behavioral practice 24.4 (November 2017): 428-444. Full Text

Keys, HM, Kaiser, BN, Foster, JW, Freeman, MC, Stephenson, R, Lund, AJ, and Kohrt, BA. "Cholera control and anti-Haitian stigma in the Dominican Republic: from migration policy to lived experience." Anthropology & medicine (October 23, 2017): 1-19. Full Text