Justin Rasmussen

I am 4th year clinical PhD student working in Dr. Eve Puffer's lab. My primary research interests center on improving access to mental health care in East Africa through professional training and existing community structures. I'm especially interested in collaborative approaches to engage religious congregations in mental health promotion and intervention. I also spend time learning about the history of psychiatry and research in Africa, especially East Africa. My teaching experience has included TA-ing graduate statistics and data science courses as well as an undergraduate psychopathology course. I am interested in teaching statistics in ways that build data skills and help students think critically about the scientific process. I am also interested in thematic and process-based ways of introducing students to psychopathology that de-emphasizes categorical structures.

I grew up in Tanzania and Kenya and got his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. After graduating, I worked with Massachusetts General Hospital for two and a half years as an on-site project coordinator for a longitudinal microenterprise, water security, health, and social network study in Mbarara, Uganda.

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