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Research Priorities for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Settings

  • Wietse A. Tol mail,

    wietse.tol@yale.edu

    Affiliations: Global Health Initiative, MacMillan Center, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America, HealthNet TPO, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Vikram Patel,

    Affiliations: Sangath, Goa, India, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Mark Tomlinson,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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  • Florence Baingana,

    Affiliation: Makerere University School of Public Health, Kampala, Uganda, and Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom

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  • Ananda Galappatti,

    Affiliations: Good Practice Group, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Colombo University, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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  • Catherine Panter-Brick,

    Affiliation: Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and Department of Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Derrick Silove,

    Affiliation: School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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  • Egbert Sondorp,

    Affiliation: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Michael Wessells,

    Affiliation: Program on Forced Migration and Health, Columbia University, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Mark van Ommeren

    Affiliation: Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Published: September 20, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001096
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Wietse A. Tol
Global Health Initiative, MacMillan Center, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
Wietse A. Tol
HealthNet TPO, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Vikram Patel
Sangath, Goa, India
Vikram Patel, Egbert Sondorp
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Mark Tomlinson
Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Florence Baingana
Makerere University School of Public Health, Kampala, Uganda, and Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom
Ananda Galappatti
Good Practice Group, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Ananda Galappatti
Colombo University, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Catherine Panter-Brick
Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and Department of Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
Derrick Silove
School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Michael Wessells
Program on Forced Migration and Health, Columbia University, New York, New York, United States of America
Mark van Ommeren
Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Corresponding Author

Email: wietse.tol@yale.edu

Competing Interests

Because the authors all work in this research area, it is conceivable that they could benefit from any increased attention and financing regarding research on mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the institutions that they serve. VP and ES are members of the PLoS Medicine Editorial Board.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: WAT VP MT FB AG CPB DS ES MW MVO. Performed the experiments: WAT VP MT FB AG CPB DS ES MW MVO. Analyzed the data: WAT. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: WAT. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: WAT VP MT FB AG CPB DS ES MW MVO. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: WAT VP MT FB AG CPB DS ES MW MVO. Agree with manuscript's results and conclusions: WAT VP MT FB AG CPB DS ES MW MVO.