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Brian Hall

Professor of Global Public Health,

NYU Shanghai


Associated Professor, School of Global Public Health, New York University

Professor Brian Hall is a Full Professor of Global Public Health at NYU Shanghai and an Associated Professor at the School of Global Public Health, New York University. Since 2014, he has been an Associate faculty member in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH).

Professor Hall’s research is broadly focused on the application of qualitative and quantitative approaches to address diverse population health challenges. He has served as a consultant for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNAIDS, and collaborated with several community-based organizations to improve the health of various populations, including internal Chinese and transnational migrants, adolescents, caregivers, and older adults. He is currently working on culturally adapting and trialing scalable digital mental health interventions with the World Health Organization for Chinese adults and Filipino migrant workers. Professor Hall led the first large-scale mixed-methods study of transnational Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers, which examined the social determinants of various health outcomes, including sexual health, cardiometabolic, social, and mental health domains. He is currently collaborating with the WHO on the regional framework for mental health in the Western Pacific Region, serving as a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission for Mental Health in China, and working on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Working group on Culture, which is developing and updating the cultural material for the DSM-5-TR.

Professor Hall specialized in epidemiological methods and public health during a two-year NIMH T32 Fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology in the Department of Mental Health at the JHBSPH. In 2013 he moved full-time to China through a Fogarty Global Health Fellowship (UMJT Consortium), hosted by the University of North Carolina Institute of Global Health and Infectious Disease, JHBSPH, and the Sun Yat-sen University School of Public Health. In 2017 he was the inaugural Global Mental Health Fellow of the World Health Organization, and in 2019 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (D52: International & D12: Clinical). That same year he was the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship for Foreign Talents from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. His dedication to global health mentoring was recognized by a Faculty Excellence in Advising Award, Center for Global Health, at the JHBSPH, also in 2019. Professor Hall has co-authored more than 230 journal articles, and received seven early career awards, including the Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional Award, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest.


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