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."
Honors & Awards
Honorary Doctorate, Chatham College, 1999
Honorary Doctorate, Bank Street College, 2002
Graduation Speaker, Hampshire College, 2002
Areas of Expertise
Select Urban Health Activities
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.
Select Global Activities
Urbanism and Health Collaboration, France: 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 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