Dr. Mindy Fullilove, professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, was awarded honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for her distinguished service to the profession of architecture. This is one of the highest honors the American Institute of Architects gives to an individual outside the field and is granted to only those whose accomplishments are truly outstanding and of national significance. Dr. Fullilove began her affiliation with the AIA when she was named to a three-year term as a public director on its Board of Directors in 2012. A board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Fullilove’s work focuses on the links between the environment and mental health.
[Photo: Dr. Mindy Fullilove]
Dr. Fullilove, who is also a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, started her research career in 1986 concentrating on the AIDS epidemic. It was then that she became aware of the close link between AIDS and place of residence, and began to examine the mental health effects of such environmental processes as violence, rebuilding, segregation, urban renewal, and mismanaged toxins. She has published numerous articles and six books including “Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities,” “Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It,” and “House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place.”
In an editorial just published online in the April issue of the American Journal of Public Health, Dr. Fullilove calls for a new paradigm — “Keep the Whole City in Mind”— with initiatives that work not only within disadvantaged neighborhoods but also holistically, creating equitable investment across the whole city.
Read the paper here.