Helena Hansen, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Co-Chair of the Research Theme in Health Equity & Translational Social Science and Associate Director of the Center for Social Medicine

Helena Hansen, an M.D., Ph.D. psychiatrist-anthropologist, is Professor of Psychiatry and Chair of Research Theme in Translational Social Science and Health Equity at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. She is the author of three books: Addicted to Christ: Remaking Men in Puerto Rican Pentecostal Drug Ministries; Structural Competency in Medicine and Mental Health: A Case-Based Approach to Treating the Social Determinants of Health (with Jonathan Metzl); and Whiteout: How Racial Capitalism Changed the Color of Heroin in America (with Jules Netherland and David Herzberg, forthcoming). She has received numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and an election to the National Academy of Medicine.

A young woman holds a sign that says "End the Drug War."

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