Whitney L. Duncan
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Duncan researches the cultural, social, and global aspects of mental health, including the impacts of migration on mental health. Her book about mental health practice and cultural change in Mexico is due out in 2018 from Vanderbilt University Press, and she is currently launching a new project on Latino mental health in the Denver metro area. She also volunteers with immigrant advocacy organizations to better understand the experiences of immigrants in deportation proceedings.
Draws on a community-wide study in rural Oaxaca, Mexico, and among Oaxacan migrants in California to examine migration’s impacts on health.
Analyzes the role of culture in global mental health practice and the implications of understanding mental health promotion as an economic development strategy, especially in contexts of multiculturalism.
Shows how the concepts of trauma and PTSD are mobilized as responses to social and political disturbances in global mental health practice, as well as how the PTSD diagnosis is rooted in gender ideologies in the Mexican case.
Draws on a community-wide study in rural Oaxaca, Mexico, and among Oaxacan migrants in California to examine migration’s impacts on mental health.