Dr. Kim Hopper is a medical anthropologist who is Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. Until 2015, Dr. Hopper worked as a research scientist at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, where he co-directed the Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health. Dr. Hopper was awarded the George Foster Practicing Medical Anthropology Award by the American Anthropological Association in 2015. He is author of Reckoning with Homelessness (Cornell University Press, 2003), a stocktaking of two decades of research, advocacy, and theoretical work in that field. He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming Recovery from Schizophrenia: An International Perspective (Psychosocial Press), a report from the WHO collaborative study on the long-term course and outcome of schizophrenia. He is also the author of a critical review of practical quandaries in applied anthropological work. Since 1979, Dr. Hopper has done ethnographic and historical research on psychiatric care and on homelessness, chiefly in New York City.
Active in homeless advocacy efforts since 1980, he served as president of the National Coalition for the Homeless from 1991-1993.As part of these efforts, Dr. Hopper also teaches in the Bard Prison Initiative. Current research interests include the reconfiguration of public mental health, cross-cultural studies of psychotic disorder, community-based modalities of coercion, and dimensions of recovery and support in severe mental illness. Dr. Hopper is currently co-investigator on a number of NIMH-funded studies. He was co-convener of a Qualitative Methods Institute at NYU in the summer of 2002 and consults frequently on methodological issues in mental health services research. From 1999 to June 2003, he was a member of the NIMH Services Research Scientific Review Committee.