OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr. Duncan Pedersen passed away on January 27, 2016.

As a researcher and physician trained in public health, social epidemiology and medical anthropology, Dr. Pedersen had an extensive research experience in Latin America, mostly amongst indigenous peoples and the urban poor in countries of the Andean region (Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru), the Amazon basin and Northeast Brazil. More recently, he had extended his global mental health research to Guatemala, Jamaica and Nepal.  His interests were in global health research and cross-cultural, ethnographic and epidemiological research on violence and mental health outcomes where the issues of traumatic memory and trauma-related disorders, resilience, healing and coping strategies remain his most prominent concerns.

Dr. Pedersen held the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry and also led the Global Mental Health Research initiative based at the Douglas Hospital.

January 29, 2016