Yale University’s Violence and Health Study Group

Law and Psychiatry Division
34 Park Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06519
United States of America

Violence and Health is a group at Yale University that aims to function as a center of expertise for the integration of science, practice, and policy in the area of violence prevention and health promotion. By strengthening collaborations between stakeholders across disciplines and drawing upon the unique and combined skills of all members of the group, it aims to advance scholarly understanding as well as to produce practical and programmatic recommendations. Members’ expertise spans from self-directed to interpersonal to collective violence. Together their goal is to share information across disciplines and sectors to better address the commonalities that underlie different types of violence and to help create a more peaceful world.

Our goals include the following:

  • To develop an interdisciplinary dialogue
  • To serve as an interface between scholarship and practice
  • To host conferences that bring together scholars, practitioners, and policymakers
  • To compile and synthesize evidence through systematic literature reviews and journal special issues
  • To inform our work through various collaborations and to offer our writing, teaching, training, and capacity-building services

Our disciplines and areas of expertise include:

  • Public Health, Psychiatry, Law, International Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science
  • The Middle East, Africa, Asia, and North America

VPA focal persons

Bandy Lee, M.D., M.Div.
Co-Founder, Yale University’s Violence and Health Group
Tel.: +1 917 328 2492
E-mail: bandy.lee@yale.edu

Bandy Lee is a faculty member of the Law and Psychiatry Division at Yale School of Medicine and Yale University-wide Global Health Studies Program. During her training, she focused on public-sector psychiatry as chief resident and on East Africa as a fellow of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. She worked in several maximum-security prisons throughout the United States and consulted with governments on violence prevention programming. She currently teaches students representing asylum seekers and training to become public defenders through Yale Law School and offers a comprehensive course on violence to Yale undergraduate and graduate students. She also served as Director of Research for the Center for the Study of Violence, as speaker to the World Economic Forum, and as Consultant to the World Health Organization and several other United Nations agencies.

Kaveh Khoshnood, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Yale University’s Violence and Health Group
Tel.: +1 203 228 4235
E-mail: kaveh.khoshnood@yale.edu

Kaveh Khoshnood is Associate Professor of Public Health, Director of Undergraduate Studies at Yale School of Public Health, and a core faculty member of the Yale Council on Middle East Studies. He is trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and has more than two decades of domestic and international experience in HIV prevention research among drug users and other at-risk populations. He teaches a course at Yale School of Public Health entitled: “Responding to Violent Conflict: Epidemiological Methods & Public Health Interventions,” which focuses on how epidemiological methods are applied to understand specific health consequences of violent conflicts, including infectious diseases, mental health, maternal/child health, and chronic health problems. His other interests include the examination of the links between health and human rights, health and conflict, and the ethical dilemmas in research involving vulnerable populations.