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Annie Harper, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry

Contact Information

Annie Harper, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health

    Erector Square Bldg #1, 319 Peck street

    New Haven, CT 06513

    United States

Biography

Annie Harper has a PhD from Yale University in cultural anthropology. She conducts research on how vulnerable populations, particularly low income people with mental illness, cope with poverty and financial difficulties, and how to support them in this area. She is particularly interested in understanding how the financial services and retail industries could better serve low income people generally, and people with mental illness in particular. She is committed to combining rigorous research with practical work that makes a difference now, to which end she works closely with the City of New Haven and the broader community’s efforts to provide support to low income residents struggling with financial difficulties. She is originally from the UK, but has lived for many years in New Haven with her husband, who is originally from Pakistan, and their three children.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Yale University, Social Anthropology (2010)
  • MSc
    School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Political Economy of Development (2001)
  • BSc
    London School of Economics, Social Anthropology/Economics (1993)

Activities

  • Finances, mental health and behavior change
    Washington, DC, United States 2022
    America Saves Summit: Increasing Financial Confidence: How Emotions Affect Change
  • Why Integrating Health & Financial Services Boosts Overall Wellbeing
    Atlanta, GA, United States 2022
    Prosperity Summit 2022
  • Financial Health and Mental Health; Making the Connections
    Presented at BankOn Alleghany County Quarterly Coalition meeting 2022
    Financial Health and Mental Health; Making the Connections
  • Disability benefits in the United States – before and during Covid-19
    Presentation at DACBEAG meeting 2022
    Models of social security assistance : drawing lessons from other countries
  • Pay to Stay: CT's Lien on Incarcerated People
    Panel presentation 2022
    UConn Law Week Against Mass Incarceration
  • Finances and Mental Health; Making the Connections
    Grand Rounds presentation 2022
    Grand Rounds
  • Finances and Mental Health for Social Workers
    Presentation at Southern Connecticut State University common Day 2022
    Finances and Mental Health for Social Workers
  • Yale School of Medicine Division of Public Psychiatry
    virtual presentation due to cancellation of in-person event 2021
    Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making
  • Finances and Mental Health: Making the Connections
    Saint Marys City, MD, United States 2020
    Finances and Mental Health: Making the Connections
  • Debt and Health - How are they connected and what can we do about it?
    New Haven, CT, United States 2020
    Body and Soul
  • Basic Income and Psychiatry
    San Francisco, CA, United States 2019
    American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting
  • Finances and Mental Health: Making the Connections
    New Haven, CT, United States 2018
    ISPS-US National Conference
  • Poverty, Finances and Mental Health in New Haven
    New Haven, CT, United States 2018
    Connecticut Economic Inclusion Summit
  • Finances and Mental Health: Making the Connections
    Middletown, CT, United States 2018
    Finances and Mental Health: Making the Connections
  • Financial Management Support for SSA Beneficiaries: Looking Beyond the Payee
    New Orleans, LA, United States 2018
    Root Cause Coalition National Summit
  • Financial Service Use by People with Mental Illness in the USA
    London, England, United Kingdom 2018
    Financial Service Use by People with Mental Illness in the USA
  • Financial Health and Mental Health; Making the Connections
    New York, NY, United States 2018
    Financial Health and Mental Health; Making the Connections
  • The Yale Community Carbon Fund; reducing emissions and increasing economic security in New Haven, CT
    Los Angeles, CA, United States 2012
    American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) annual conference

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Connecticut Credit Union Volunteer of the YearCredit Union League of Connecticut2021
Fahs-Beck Faculty/Post-Doctoral Fellowship2018
Public Voices Fellow with the Oped project, Yale University2017
Pinnacle AwardCommunity Services Administration, City of New Haven2016
John F. Enders Fellowships & Research GrantYale Graduate School of Art and Sciences2009
MacMillan Center (formerly YCIAS) Dissertation Research Fellowship2005
Yale Centre for International and Area Studies (YCIAS) Pre-dissertation Grant2004
Agrarian Studies Award for Pre-Dissertation Research2004
Sterling Prize Fellowship2003
UK Department for International Development Associate Professional Officers Scholarship2000
UK Overseas Development Administration ESCOR award1997

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Yale School of Medicine Division of Public PsychiatryLeadership Committee2022 - 2023
Kings College LondonExternal Examiner of PhD Thesis2022
UK Economic and Social Research CouncilGrant Reviewer2021
Brazilian Journal of Mental HealthReviewer2021
Yale School of the EnvironmentAdvisor2021 - Present
The Housing Collective, The Housing CollectiveBoard Member2021 - Present
Frontiers in PsychiatryEditor2020 - 2021
Enterprise Development and MicrofinanceReviewer2019 - 2020
Connex Credit Union Board, Connex Credit UnionBoard of Directors2019 - Present
Journal of Organizational EthnographyReviewer2018
American Journal of Psychiatric RehabilitationReviewer2018 - Present
Department of Psychiatry Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculumdeveloped and taught content for sessions2017 - 2018
Department of Psychiatry Social Justice and Health Equity CurriculumLecturer2017 - 2018
Department of Psychiatry Social Justice and Health Equity CurriculumLecturer2017 - 2018
Department of Psychiatry Social Justice and Health Equitydeveloped content and taught class2017 - 2018
American Journal of OrthopsychiatryReviewer2017
Feminist EconomicsReviewer2017
Wilbur Cross High School Parent-teacher AssociationMember2017 - Present
BankOn ConnecticutLeadership Committee2017 - Present
New Haven Financial Empowerment CommissionLeadership Committee2016 - 2020
Social Work in Mental HealthReviewer2016
Utility Clinic, Yale-New Haven HospitalVolunteer2015 - 2020
City of New Haven Mayoral Task Force on Re-establishment of Environmental Advisory CouncilCommittee Member2014 - 2015
New Haven Healthy City Healthy Climate ChallengeLeadership Committee2013 - 2017
New Haven Energy and Healthy Homes WorkgroupLeadership Committee2013 - 2016
Women and Girls Fund, Greater New Haven Community FoundationBoard Member2012 - 2020
New Haven Youth Soccer, New Haven Youth SoccerBoard Member2012 - 2016
People’s Energy Action CommitteeCommittee Member2012 - 2015

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