Kim Hopper, PhD
- Professor of Clinical, Sociomedical Sciences
- Adjunct Professor, School of Law
Credentials & Experience
Education & Training
- MPhil, 1975 Columbia University
- PhD, 1987 Columbia University
Committees, Societies, Councils
George Foster Career Award in Practicing Medical Anthropology (2015)
Anthony Leeds Award in Urban Anthropology (2004)
Research Scientist Award, Office of Mental Health (1995)
Faculty, Bard Prison Initiative
Editorial Board, Community Mental Health Journal
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
- Community Health
- Mental health
Hopper, K. Afterword: Out of practice, in Cubellis, L. and Lester, R. (eds.) Primary Care: Ethnographic Studies in the Ambiguous Imperatives of Caring. Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming.
Hopper, K. Book Symposium Comment on Grohmann, S. Ethics of Space. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 2021.
Hopper, K., Van Tiem, J., Cubellis, I., Pope, L.G. Merging intentional peer support and dialogic practice: Implementation lessons from Parachute NYC. Psychiatric Services 71:199-201, 2020.
Lincoln, A., Adams, W., Eyllon, M., Garverich, S. Prener, C., Griffith, J. & Hopper, K. The double-stigma of limited literacy and mental illness: Examining barriers to recovery and participation among public mental health service users. Society and Mental Health 7:121-141, 2017.
Pope, L.G., Cubellis, L., Hopper, K. Signing on for dirty work: Taking stock of a public psychiatry project from the inside. Transcultural Psychiatry 53:506-526, 2016.
West, K.W., Hopkins, S.E., Hopper, K.J., Mohatt, G.V. and Boyer, B.B. Found in translation: Decoding local understandings of genetics and heredity in a Yup‚Äôik Eskimo community. Public Understanding of Science 22: 80-90, 2013.
Hopper, K. Reframing early psychiatric crises: A capabilities-informed approach. Journal of Human Development, Disability, and Social Change 20(2): 23-39, 2012.
Hopper, K. Rethinking social recovery in schizophrenia: What a capabilities approach might offer. Social Science and Medicine 65: 868-879, 2007.
Hopper, K., Wanderling, J., and Narayanan, P. To have and to hold: A cross-cultural inquiry into marital prospects after psychosis. Global Public Health 2(3): 257-280, 2007.
Hopper, K. Redistribution and its discontents: On the prospects of committed work in public mental health and like settings. Human Organization 65: 218-226, 2006.
Global Health Activities
WHO-Collaborative International Study of Schizophrenia: Dr. Hopper was senior editor of the final collection of reports (Oxford 2007) on this long-term follow-up study of treated incidence cohorts of clinically 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 consulted on this narrative-based approach to adolescent passages in the Circumpolar North (NW and SW Alaska, Norway, Siberia, and Nunavit, Canada).
Urban Health Activities
Homelessness History + Present: For over four decades 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 requirements of scholarship and the courts with respect to evidence and its interpretation in formulating public policy, and continues to advise the New York Coalition for the Homeless on research issues.
Mental Health and Public Policy: As Research Scientist at the Nathan Kline Institute, Dr. Hopper co-directed the Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts, which built a portfolio of CBPR-based research that attempted to apply Amartya Sen's "capabilities" approach to the practice of public mental health.
Field School in Social Research Method: Hopper co-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.