Brandon Kohrt conducts global mental health research focusing on populations affected by war-related trauma and chronic stressors of poverty, discrimination, and lack of access to healthcare and education. He has worked in Nepal for 16 years using a biocultural developmental perspective integrating epidemiology, cultural anthropology, ethnopsychology, and neuroendocrinology. Since 2000, he has conducted a prospective study of adults in rural Nepal examining the effects of political trauma, ethnic discrimination, gender-based violence, and poverty on mental health. With Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal, he designed and evaluated psychosocial reintegration packages for child soldiers in Nepal.
He works with The Carter Center Mental Health Liberia Program (Watch video: http://www.cartercenter.org/news/features/h/mental_health/rlrc-BrandonKohrt.html) developing anti-stigma campaigns and family psychoeducation programs. He directs the anti-stigma program of the Mental Health Beyond Facilities program in Liberia, Uganda, and Nepal. He co-founded the Atlanta Asylum Network for Torture Survivors. In 2009, he started a mental health clinic for Bhutanese refugees. Dr. Kohrt has contributed to numerous documentary films including Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army.