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Ashley Hagaman, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Yale School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is also a core faculty within the Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Anthropology.
Her research examines the complex collection of factors that influence depression and suicide in varying cultural contexts, particularly among vulnerable populations. She collaborates with several interdisciplinary teams around the world to develop, test, and implement innovative strategies to alleviate depression and enhance maternal health systems, with field sites in Nepal, Pakistan, and Ethiopia. She also contributes to the development of innovative qualitative and mixed-methods to improve the study and implementation of evidence-based health practices, incorporating and testing new passive data collection strategies to better measure complex phenomena like isolation, social engagement, and depression.
She received her PhD in medical anthropology and global health from Arizona State University, her Masters in Public Health from Emory University, and her Bachelors in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before graduate school, Dr. Hagaman co-founded GlobeMed, a global health non-profit that partners students with grassroots organizations to address health disparities around the world. She lived and worked in Nepal for nearly two years, completing a Fulbright scholarship and completing her NSF funded dissertation fieldwork.