Global Mental Health

Global Mental Health

Address the substantial comorbidity between non-communicable and infectious diseases and mental health, develop culturally appropriate concepts and interventions, epidemiological studies on the population burden of mental disorders and addiction, and inform the development of mental health policy in China and the region.

COMET consortium

COMET (Covid-19 Mental Health Survey) is a global research consortium (led by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) that developed an electronic longitudinal cohort study (nearly 2 years follow-up), which includes 16 partner institutions from 14 countries. The cohort was established at the beginning of the COVID-19 with data collection beginning in May 2020.

Data is being analyzed and results are currently being disseminated.

Gémes, K., Bergström, J., Papola, D., Barbui, C., Lam, A. I. F., Hall, B. J., Seedat, S., Morina, N., Quero, S., Campos, D., Pinucci, I., Tarsitani, L., Deguen. S., van der Waerden, J., Patanè, M., Sijbrandij, M., Acartürk, C., Burchert, S., Bryant, R.A., & Mittendorfer-Rutz, E. (2022). Symptoms of anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic in six European countries and Australia – differences by prior mental illness and migration status. Journal of Affective Disorders, 311, 214-223. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2022.05.082

Cultural influences

Our research team is developing culturally-informed measurement of mental disorders. Prof. Hall worked on developing the new cultural sections of the International Classification of Diseases 11th edition, and served as a Cross-Cutting Reviser and Reviewer for culture-related text Revisions for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders Text Revision (DSM-5-TR)

Hall, B. J. (2022). Assessment of PTSD in Non-Western Cultures. Eds. Beck, J. G. & Sloan, D. M.
The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders, Second Edition. Oxford University Press.

Ran, M.S., Hall, B. J., Su, T.T., Prawira, B., Breth-Petersen, M., Li, X.H., & Zhang, T.M. (2021). Stigma of mental illness and cultural factors in Pacific Rim region: a systematic review. BMC Psychiatry, 21, 8.

*Shi, W., *Shen, R. Z., *Wang., S. Y., & Hall, B. J. (2020). Barriers to professional mental health help-seeking among Chinese adults: A systematic review, Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11:442.

Gureje, O., Lewis-Fernandez, R., Hall, B. J., Reed, G. M. (2020). Cultural considerations in the classification of mental disorders: why and how in ICD-11. BMC Medicine, 18, 25. doi:

Gureje, O., Lewis-Fernandez, R., Hall, B. J., Reed, G. M. (2019). Systematic inclusion of culture-related information in ICD-11. World Psychiatry, 18, 3, 357-358. doi:

Hall, B. J., Chang, K., Chen, W., *Sou, K, Latkin, C., & Yeung, A. (2018). Exploring the association between depression and shenjing shuairuo in a population representative epidemiological study of Chinese adults in Guangzhou, China. Transcultural Psychiatry, 55, 733-753. doi:

Jiangsu Province HIV Cohort study

The Jiangsu Province HIV Cohort study is led by Weiming Tang at University of North Carolina and UNC-Project China, in collaboration with the Jiangsu Province CDC, and regional and international research collaborators, including NYU-Shanghai and the CGHE.

The Cohort enrolled more than 10,000 people living with HIV to explore multiple determinants of health and wellbeing, and increase access to needed HIV and mental health services.

Sexual and gender minority health

Our team is working in collaboration on a diverse set of projects, largely in direct collaboration with community partners, to address sexual, mental, and social dimensions of health of sexual and gender minority populations in China and globally.

Li, G., Qin, Y.S., Lu, H., Santtila, P., & Hall, B. J. (2022). Eliminating conversion therapy and promoting LGBTQ-affirmative therapy in China. Lancet Psychiatry, 9, E25. doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(22)00120-1

Anne, S., P. T., Zhang, W., Huang, Tang, W., M., Alexander, Forastiere, L., Kumar, N., Ransome, Y., Dieckhaus, K., Wu, D., Hall, B. J., Tucker, J. D. & Fan, Y. (in press). Development of a psychometric tool to measure community solidarity among sexual minorities: Evidence from a pay-it-forward randomized controlled trial. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001659.

Xiao, L., Qi, H., Wang, Y. Y., Wang, D., Wilkinson, M., Hall, B. J., Ungvari, G., Wang, G., Xiang, Y.T. (2020). The prevalence of depression in men who have sex with men (MSM) with HIV infection: A meta-analysis of comparative and epidemiological studies. General Hospital Psychiatry, 66, 112-119. doi:

Li, C., Xiong, Y., *Sit, H.F., Tang, W., Hall, B. J., Muessig, K. E., Wei, C., Bao, H., Wei, S., Zhang, D., Mi, G., Yu, F., & Tucker, J.D. (2020). An men who have sex with men-friendly doctor finder hackathon in Guangzhou, China: Development of a mobile health intervention to enhance health care utilization. JMIR uHealth and mHealth, 8(2):e16030. doi: 10.2196/16030.

Cancer and mental health

Chu, Q., Cheong, I.H., Phong, P.T., Yang, L., Wang, H., & Hall, B. J. (2021). The unaddressed mental health burden among Chinese cancer patients: a call to action. Lancet Psychiatry, 8, 646-647. doi:

Aging and population health

Our team is working in collaboration on a diverse set of projects, to describe and intervene to promote the health and wellbeing of adults, across the life course, including work to address caregiving burden and aging in place among elderly populations.

Chen, F., Zheng, M., Xu, J., Hall, B. J., Pan, Y., Ling, L., & Chen, W. (in press). Impact of migration status on incidence of depression in middle-aged and elderly population in China: exploring healthy migrant and salmon bias hypotheses from mental health perspective. Journal of Affective Disorders

Wang, C., Zhao, P., Xiong, M., Tucker, J.D., Ong, J., Hall, B. J., Sami, M., Zheng, H., & Yang, B. (2021). New syphilis cases in older adults, 2004-2019: An analysis of surveillance data from South China. Frontiers in Medicine, section Infectious Diseases – Surveillance, Prevention and Treatment.

Zheng, J. Li, J., Pei, T., Zhu, T., Cheong, I. H., Hall, B. J., Li, X., Wang, H. (2022). Depressive symptoms and chronic lung disease in middle-aged and older Chinese adults: A Prospective bidirectional association and mediation analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 297, 283-293. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.10.023

Jin, Y., Sun, H.L., Lam, S., Su, Z., Hall, B.J., Cheung, T., Qin, M.Z., Ng, C.H. & Xiang, Y.T., and the International Research Collaboration on COVID-19. (in press). Depressive symptoms and gender differences in older adults in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic: a network analysis approach. International Journal of Biological Sciences, 18, 3934-3941. doi:10.7150/ijbs.69460

*Sit, H.F., *Huang, L., Chang, K., Chau, W.I., Hall, B. J. (2020). Caregiving burden among informal caregivers of people with disability. British Journal of Health Psychology, 25, 790-813. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12434. IF: 2.917. WOS: Q2 (38/131)

Liu, D., Xi, J., Hall, B. J., Fu, M., Zhang, B., & Guo, J. (2020). Association between attitudes toward aging, social support and depression among older adults living in urban and rural area in China. Journal of Affective Disorders, 274, 85-92. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.05.052

Zhang, Y.S., Jin, Y., Rao, W.W., Cui, L.J., Li, J.F., Li, L., Ungvari, G.S., Zeng, L.N., Hall, B. J., Li, K.Q., & Xiang, Y.T. (2020). Prevalence and socio-demographic correlates of major depressive disorder in older adults in Hebei Province, China. Journal of Affective Disorders, 265, 590-594. doi:

Li, H., Zheng, D., Li, Z., Wu, Z., Wei, F., Cao, X., Wang, J., Li, X., Gao, Q., Li, X., Wang, W., Hall, B. J., Xiang, Y.T., Zheng, D., & Guo, X. (2019). Association of depressive symptoms with incident cardiovascular diseases in middle-aged and older Chinese adults. JAMA Network Open, 2 (12):e1916591. doi:

*Wu, T.L, Hall, B. J., Canham, S., & Lam, A.I.F (2016). The Association Between Social Capital and Depression Among Chinese Older Adults Living in Public Housing. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204, 764-769. doi: