and: Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons (home dept.)
Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a board-certified psychiatrist who is interested in the
links between the environment and mental health. She started her research career in 1986 with a focus on the AIDS epidemic, and became aware of the close link between AIDS and place of residence. Under the rubric of the psychology of place, Dr. Fullilove 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 four books including "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."
Education & Training:
MD, Columbia University, 1978
MS, Columbia University, 1974
Honors and Awards:
Honorary Doctorate, Chatham College, 1999
Honorary Doctorate, Bank Street College, 2002
Graduation Speaker, Hampshire College, 2002
Selected Editorial Boards
Associate Editor, Journal of Sex Research
Selected New York City Activities:
Building a Youth Anti-Violence Center
This study examines the building of a youth center by Fresh Youth Initiatives, a community organization in Washington Heights.
Family to Family
This project teaches family strengthening to families in the New York city area. Founded in 1996, the program adapted the Family Home Evening program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for secular use.
Psychology of Place
This group of studies examines the relationship of people to their local environments. These includes studies of the effects of violence on neighborhood life, the ways in which rebuilding energizes a neighborhood, etc.
Selected Global Activities:
Urbanism and Health Collaboration
This collaboration between the Community Research Group and the Department of Urbanism and the Environment at the National Conservatory of Arts and Trades in Paris examines the ways in which we can build health-promoting cities.