Dr. Athena Madan is interested in social and political forces underpinning health and long-term health outcomes, specifically in instances of protracted conflict and fragile states, and as applied to the implementation of interventions for improved equity and social justice. Her publications, photo-essays, and collaborations have contributed to the following areas: education in emergencies; explanatory models of illness; intergenerational trauma; participatory and arts-based research methods; psychosocial intervention in humanitarian and emergency settings; refugee mental health; rehabilitation of child soldiers; social innovation and theories of change; socio-political contexts of addictions; and therapeutic governance and human rights.
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(Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas, 2018)This personal reflection shares four vignettes from the author’s field journal while on assignment in Afghanistan. Note 1 shares the thoughts (with permission) of a few of her female Afghan colleagues; Notes 2 and 3 share ...
A multiple case study of mental health interventions in middle income countries: Considering the science of delivery (PLoS ONE, 2016)In the debate in global mental health about the most effective models for developing and scaling interventions, there have been calls for the development of a more robust literature regarding the "non-specific", science ...
Intersections of war trauma, culture, and socioanalysis in mental health intervention for post-traumatic stress (International Journal of Child Youth and Family Studies, 2011)“Refugee war trauma” is a poor adjunct to post-traumatic stress, lacking context for a civilian survivor of war. The “therapeutic mission”, or consolidating a therapeutic agenda with political reconstitution, has its ...