Dr. Shabab Wahid is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Health, School of Health in Georgetown University. He is a global mental health expert and a mixed-methods specialist, focusing on psychiatric and behavioral research, applying ethnographic methods to understand cultural influences on mental illness, and developing and evaluating community-based interventions targeting mental illness in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Wahid’s current work is examining the association between environmental and climate-related stressors and adverse mental health outcomes in Bangladesh. In addition, he guides several multi-site projects conducting qualitative and mixed-methods research into the culturally salient explanatory models and idioms of distress connected to adolescent depression in Brazil, Nepal, South Africa, Colombia, United Kingdom, Nigeria and Bangladesh; and mental illness stigma in China, Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Tunisia.
Dr. Wahid’s work has been published in Health Policy and Planning; The Lancet; Journal of Affective Disorders; Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry; among other leading scientific journals. He received his Doctor of Public Health and Master of Public Health degrees from the Milken Institute School of Public Health, at George Washington University, Washington DC.