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Our research group “Environment and Mental Health” seeks to understand the complex interactions between our environment and mental health, at a global level. Environmental factors can be classified individual, social-environmental, and physical-environmental circumstances that affect exposure to stressors. Examples of these factors associated with mental illness include psychosocial stress, trauma, socio-economic conditions, and other factors which might have distinct or shared effects on mental health across countries and in different national and/or ethnic groups, gender identities and urban/rural residences.
We adopt a longitudinal approach enabling us to identify risk and protective factors that contribute to physiological and psychological changes, and other negative impacts, caused by various environmental situations (e.g., global migration trends and a global pandemic).
Together with our research partners in Sub-Saharan Africa, China, Europe and the United States, we work on projects that achieve mental health indicators within sustainable development goals.