and: Professor of Clinical of 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 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."
City Life Is Moving Bodies (CLIMB)
City Life Is Moving Bodies (CLIMB) is a project to make Northern Manhattan neighborhoods physically, socially and civically more active. The heart of this project is the creation of a hiking trail that will connect Central Park to the Cloisters through the area's eastern escarpment parks. In 2014, CLIMB will celebrate 10 years of work with a major party in Highbridge Park on June 7th, National Trails Day.
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
The Cities Research Group has collaborated with French urbanist Michel Cantal-Dupart for many years. He has assisted in CRG projects in the US, and is featured in Mindy Fullilove's book, "Urban Alchemy."
Mindy Thompson Fullilove Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It Ballantine Books NY 2004
Anderson LM, Scrimshaw SC, Fullilove MT, Fielding JT and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services The Community Guide's model for linking the social environment to health American Journal of Preventive Medicine 24, 3S 12-20 2003
Fullilove MT Links between the social and physical environment Pediatric Clinics of North America 48 1253-1266 2001
Mindy Thompson Fullilove House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place University of Nebraska Press Lincoln, NE 1999
Fullilove MT, Green LL, Fullilove RE Building mmentum: an ethnographic study