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Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Professor of Clinical of Sociomedical Sciences

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."
Education & Training:

    MD, 1978, Columbia University

    MS, 1974, Columbia University

    BA, 1971, Bryn Mawr College

Honors and Awards:
  • Honorary Doctorate, Chatham College, 1999
  • Honorary Doctorate, Bank Street College, 2002
  • Graduation Speaker, Hampshire College, 2002
New York City
    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.

    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."
    Countries: France

Selected Publications:
  • 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 of inner-city redevelopment American Journal of Public Health 89 840-844 1999
  • Fullilove MT Promoting social cohesion to improve health Journal of the American Medical Women's Association 53 72-76 1998
  • Fullilove MT, Jimenez W, Parsons C, Green LL, Fullilove RE Injury and anomie: the effects of violence on an inner-city community American Journal of Public Health 88 924-927 1998
  • Fullilove MT Psychiatric implications of displacement: contributions from the Psychology of Place American Journal of Psychiatry 153 1516-1523 1996
  • Mindy Thompson Fullilove, editor The Black Family: Mental Health Perspectives Black Task Force of SF General Hospital SF, CA 1984
  • Thompson E, Thompson M Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People's Power Bridgebuilder Press Newark, NJ 1976

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