Contested Illnesses Research Group
Brown University , Providence RI
In his work in medical sociology, he is editor of Perspectives in Medical Sociology, now in its 4th edition. Prior to studying health and the environment, he studied mental health policy, mental patients’ rights, and clinical interaction in psychiatric settings. Among his publications from that work are The Transfer of Care: Psychiatric Deinstitutionalization and Its Aftermath, and Mental Health Care and Social Policy (edited).
Phil Brown was previously Chair of both the Medical Sociology Section and the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. He received the Fred Buttell Award from the Environment and Technology Section for a lifetime of achievement in environmental sociology.
Apart from health social movements and environmental health, Phil Brown also studies the Jewish experience in the Catskill Mountains. He is the author of Catskill Culture: A Mountain Rat's Memories of the Great Jewish Resort Area, and editor of In the Catskills: A Century Of The Jewish Experience In “The Mountains.” He is a co-founder and President of the Catskills Institute, an organization that works to record and remember the history of the Catskills through yearly conferences, a newsletter, a website , public speaking, coordination and support of scholarly research, and coordinating a large archival collection.
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Toxics Action Center
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Boston University School of Public Health Environmental Health Department
Collaborative Initiative for Research Ethics in Environmental Health