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Faculty & Staff Honors

Yale: New Faculty Friday – Ashley Hagaman, Methodologist, Motorcyclist, Nepali Speaker

The Yale School of Public Health proudly welcomes 13 new tenure track faculty this academic year. These individuals bring a broad range of research, scholarship, and teaching expertise to the school and will be instrumental in helping us address many of the public health challenges of the 21st century.

Today we spotlight Dr. Ashley Hagaman, assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Hagaman has a PhD in medical anthropology and global health from Arizona State University (2017) and an MPH in global health from Emory University (2012). She earned a BS in neuroscience from the University of Michigan in 2008. Dr. Hagaman holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Anthropology.

Q: Describe your primary academic focus or research specialty?

AH: I’m a methodologist focused on innovating and testing qualitative methodologies to better inform and evaluate health interventions in complex global health contexts. My substantive research focuses on global mental health, specifically depression and suicide prevention. I have collaborated with several interdisciplinary teams around the world to develop and test innovative strategies to alleviate maternal depression and enhance maternal health systems, with field sites in Nepal, Pakistan and Ethiopia. 

In Pakistan, I’m currently exploring the transgenerational transmission of depression, its effects on child development, and the broader family and social context that shapes mental health trajectories. In Nepal, where I’ve worked for almost seven years, I am currently incorporating and testing new passive biosensing data collection strategies and rapid analytic techniques to improve maternal depression treatment.

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