Dr. Kim Hopper is a medical anthropologist who also works as a research scientist at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, where he co-directs the Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health. He is author of Reckoning with Homelessness (Cornell University Press, 2003), a stocktaking of two decades of research, advocacy, and theoretical work in that field, and co-editor of the forthcoming Recovery from Schizophrenia: An International Perspective (Psychosocial Press), a report from the WHO collaborative study on the long-term course and outcome of schizophrenia. He is also author of a critical review of practical quandaries in applied anthropological work. Since 1979, Dr. Hopper has done ethnographic and historical research on psychiatric care and on homelessness, chiefly in New York City. Active in homeless advocacy efforts since 1980, he served as president of the National Coalition for the Homeless from 1991-1993. His current research interests include the reconfiguration of public mental health, cross-cultural studies of psychotic disorder, community-based modalities of coercion, and dimensions of recovery and support in severe mental illness. Dr. Hopper is currently co-investigator on a number of NIMH-funded studies. He was co-convener of a Qualitative Methods Institute at NYU in the summer of 2002 and consults frequently on methodological issues in mental health services research. From 1999 to June 2003, he was a member of the NIMH Services Research Scientific Review Committee.
Honors & Awards
Anthony Leeds Awards in Urban Anthropology, 2003
Finalist, C. Wright Mills Award, SSSP, 2003
Honorable Mention, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute, Book Award, 2003
Areas of Expertise
Select Urban Health Activities
Homelessness History + Present: For over two decades Dr. Hopper has been investigating the history, causes, and public response to homelessness, with particular emphasis on legal aspects and advocacy. He has written extensively on the demands of scholarship and the courts with respect to evidence and its interpretation in formulating public policy.
Mental Health and tPublic Policy: As Research Scientist at the Nathan Kline Institute, Dr. Hopper co-directs the Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts, which has built a portfolio of CBPR-based research that is attempting to apply Amartya Sen's "capabilities" approach to the practice of public mental health.
Field School in Social Research Method: Hopper founded this experimental school for mental health peers -- people with long experience in the public mental health system -- to become conversant with research methods so as to be better able to read and critique the literature, participate in collaborative research efforts, and undertake their own inquiries.
Select Global Activities
WHO-Collaborative International Study of Schizophrenia: Dr. Hopper edited a final collection of reports (Oxford 2007) on this long-term follow-up study of treated incidence cohorts of clinically (PSE)-defined schizophrenia in 14 communities across 10 countries.
Adolescent Narratives of Resilience in Circumpolar Communities: As President's Professor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Hopper consults on this narrative-based approach to adolescent passages in the Circumpolar North (NW and SW Alaska, Norway, Siberia, and Nunavit, Canada).
Amering M., Stastny P., Hopper K., Psychiatric advance directives: Qualitative study of informed deliberations by mental health service users. British Journal of Psychiatry 186 247-252 2005
Barrett RJ, Jenkins JH Schizophrenia, Culture and Subjectivity Cambridge University Press New York 62-86 2004
Hopper K, Harrison G, Janca A, Sartorius N, eds. Recovery from Schizophrenia: An International Perspective Psychosocial Press Westport, CT 2004
Hopper K Reckoning with Homelessness Cornell University Press Ithaca, NY 2003
Hopper K, Barrow S Two genealogies of supported housing and their implications for outcome assessment Psychiatric Services 54 50-54 2003
Hopper K When (working) in Rome: applying anthropology in Caesarâ€™s realm Human Organization 61 196-209 2002
Shinn B, Baumohl J, Hopper K The prevention of homelessness revisited Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP) 1 95-127 2001
Steadman H, Gounis K, Roche B, Dennis D, Hopper K, Robbins P Assessing the New York City involuntary outpatient commitment program Psychiatric Services 52 330-336 2001
Hopper K, Wanderling J Revisiting the developed vs. developing country distinction in course and outcome in schizophrenia: Results from ISoS, the WHO-Collaborative Follow-up Project Schizophrenia Bulletin 26 835-846 2000
Hopper K, Hay T, Jost J, Welber S, Haugland G Homelessness, severe mental illness and the institutional circuit Psychiatric Services 48 659-665 1997