Brandon A. Kohrt

Brandon A. Kohrt

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

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, 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

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

Burkey, MD, Adhikari, RP, Ghimire, L, Kohrt, BA, Wissow, LS, Luitel, NP, Haroz, EE, and Jordans, MJD. "Validation of a cross-cultural instrument for child behavior problems: the Disruptive Behavior International Scale - Nepal version." Bmc Psychology 6.1 (November 3, 2018): 51-null. Full Text

Heim, E, Kohrt, BA, Koschorke, M, Milenova, M, and Thronicroft, G. "Reducing mental health-related stigma in primary health care settings in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review." Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences (September 4, 2018): 1-10. Full Text

Kohrt, BA, Griffith, JL, and Patel, V. "Chronic pain and mental health: integrated solutions for global problems." Pain 159 Suppl 1 (September 2018): S85-S90. Full Text

Kohrt, BA, Lu, FG, Wu, EY, Hinton, DE, Aggarwal, NK, Parekh, R, Rousseau, C, and Lewis-Fernández, R. "Caring for Families Separated by Changing Immigration Policies and Enforcement: A Cultural Psychiatry Perspective." Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.) (August 20, 2018): appips201800076-null. 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." Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences 27.4 (August 2018): 393-402. Full Text

Mutamba, BB, Kohrt, BA, Okello, J, Nakigudde, J, Opar, B, Musisi, S, Bazeyo, W, and de Jong, J. "Contextualization of psychological treatments for government health systems in low-resource settings: group interpersonal psychotherapy for caregivers of children with nodding syndrome in Uganda." Implementation Science : Is 13.1 (June 28, 2018): 90-null. Full Text

Kohrt, BA, Asher, L, Bhardwaj, A, Fazel, M, Jordans, MJD, Mutamba, BB, Nadkarni, A, Pedersen, GA, Singla, DR, and Patel, V. "The Role of Communities in Mental Health Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Meta-Review of Components and Competencies." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15.6 (June 16, 2018). (Review) Full Text

Hagaman, AK, Khadka, S, Wutich, A, Lohani, S, and Kohrt, BA. "Suicide in Nepal: Qualitative Findings from a Modified Case-Series Psychological Autopsy Investigation of Suicide Deaths." Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry (June 7, 2018). 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 27.3 (June 2018): 301-310. Full Text


Worthman, CM, Kohrt, BA, and Cole, SW. "Posttraumatic stress and psychological resilience in Nepali child soldiers: an interdisciplinary study in human social genomics." 86th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists (AAPA). April 19, 2017 - April 22, 2017. New Orleans, LA.: WILEY, April 1, 2017.

Worthman, CM, Kohrt, BA, Ressler, KJ, and Binder, EB. "Early, maltreatment, adrenal regulation, and adult depression among rural Nepali: gene-environment interactions in life history." 79th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists. April 14, 2010 - April 17, 2010. Albuquerque, NM.: WILEY-LISS, January 1, 2010.