27 Facts About Arthur Kleinman


Arthur Michael Kleinman was born on March 11,1941 and is an American psychiatrist, psychiatric anthropologist and a professor of medical anthropology and cross-cultural psychiatry at Harvard University.

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Arthur Kleinman is well known for his work on mental illness in Chinese culture.

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Since 1968, Arthur Kleinman has conducted research in Chinese society, first in Taiwan, and since 1978 in China, on depression, somatization, epilepsy, schizophrenia and suicide, and other forms of violence.

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Arthur Kleinman has written on the intersection of public health and international issues as well as social suffering, on cross-cultural psychiatry, and on the individual experience of pain and disability.

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Arthur Kleinman was the chair of the Harvard Department of Anthropology from 2004 to 2007 and currently serves as Director of the Harvard University Asia Center.

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Arthur Kleinman did an internship in internal medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and his psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Arthur Kleinman chaired the Department of Anthropology from 2004 through 2007 and the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School for a decade, where from 1993 to 2000 he was the Presley Professor.

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From 2008 through 2016 Arthur Kleinman headed Harvard's Asia Center as the Victor and William Fung Director.

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In 2011, Arthur Kleinman was awarded the distinction of being named a Harvard College Professor of and was given the Distinguished Faculty Award.

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Arthur Kleinman directed the World Mental Health Report, co-chaired the American Psychiatric Association's Taskforce on Culture and DSM-IV, co-chaired the 2002 Institute of Medicine report on Preventing Suicide, and co-chaired in 2001 and 2002 both the NIH conference on the Science and Ethics of the Placebo and the NIH conference on Stigma.

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Arthur Kleinman is a consultant to the WHO where he chaired the technical advisory committee of the Nations for Mental Health Action Program and in December 2002 gave the keynote address to the WHO's first international conference on global mental health research.

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Arthur Kleinman is a member of the Steering Committee of Harvard's Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, is a member of the advisory board of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, and is on the Steering Committee of Harvard's newly created China fund.

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Arthur Kleinman was appointed to the Dean's Advisory Council in Social Sciences.

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Arthur Kleinman has received more than 50 research grants, and is currently involved in various research projects in China studying depression; stigma; suicide; and the health consequences of rural-urban migration.

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Arthur Kleinman has authored seven books and over 350 articles, book chapters, reviews and introductions.

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Arthur Kleinman has co-authored many works with other psychiatrists and researchers in the field of mental health and cross-cultural psychiatry, including Paul Farmer, Veena Das, Margaret Lock, Michael Phillips, Byron Good, Mary Del-Vecchio Good, Tsung-yi Lin, and Leon Eisenberg.

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Arthur Kleinman is co-editor of 29 volumes, including: Social Suffering; Culture and Depression; SARS in China; Global Pharmaceuticals; Subjectivity: Ethnographic Investigations; Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction; The Culture of Illness and Psychiatric Practice in Africa; and The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy.

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Arthur Kleinman is currently writing a book on caregiving based on his articles in the Lancet, and the New England Journal of Medicine, the Harvard Magazine, and other venues.

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Arthur Kleinman is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Arthur Kleinman has delivered numerous lectures on a variety of topics at universities around the world.

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Arthur Kleinman has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

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Arthur Kleinman is Distinguished Lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

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Arthur Kleinman has twice given the Distinguished Lecture at NIH, and was a member of its Council of Councils from 2007 to 2011.

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Arthur Kleinman was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services of the US Government to the Advisory Council of the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health.

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In 2003 Arthur Kleinman chaired the Selection Committee for the NIH's new Pioneer Awards.

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Arthur Kleinman was awarded an honorary professorship at Fudan University.

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Arthur Kleinman was married to the late Joan Kleinman, a sinologist and his research collaborator, for 45 years.

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