Dr. Murphy J. Halliburton   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "Learning from India’s Success: Explaining Recovery from
Serious Mental Disorder in Kerala, South India"
Field of Study: Public Health
Home Institution in US: Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, NY
Host Institution in India: Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences
and Technology, Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala  
Start date/Month in India: December 2013
Duration of grant: Nine months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Murphy Halliburton completed his PhD in cultural anthropology at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center in 2000. He was hired the same year at Queens College and has been teaching, researching and publishing in medical anthropology, cultural anthropology, science and technology studies, and South Asia studies. He published several articles and a book, Mudpacks and Prozac (Left Coast Press, 2009), on biomedical, ayurvedic and religious treatments for mental illness in Kerala, India. He then went on to do research on patent controversies surrounding ayurvedic medicine and the Indian and international pharmaceutical sectors.

In his Fulbright project, Dr. Halliburton returns to the topic of mental health to explain why India has the most success of any country studied in treating serious mental disorders. Over decades of study the World Health Organization has repeatedly shown that developing country sites they studied did better than developed sites in recovery from schizophrenia and related mental disorders. Among the countries included in these studies, India showed the best results. Dr. Halliburton's project will help explain India’s success in this area by engaging in extensive, qualitative interviews and ethnographic work with recovered and recovering patients in Kerala diagnosed with severe mental disorders. This research will investigate how factors addressed in other research such as family "tolerance," "stigma," and former patients’ prospects for marriage affect patients’ prospects for recovery.