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Ashley Hagaman, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Public Health (Social & Behavioral Sciences); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Ashley Hagaman, PhD, MPH



Ashley Hagaman, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Yale School of Public Health. She is also a qualitative methodologist with the Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Anthropology. Her research examines the complex collection of factors that influence depression and suicide in varying cultural contexts, particularly among vulnerable populations. She collaborates with several interdisciplinary teams around the world to develop and test innovative strategies to alleviate depression and enhance maternal health systems, with field sites in Nepal, Pakistan, and Ethiopia. She also contributes to the development of innovative qualitative and mixed-methods to improve the study and implementation of evidence-based health practices, incorporating and testing new passive data collection strategies and rapid analytic techniques.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Arizona State University, Medical Anthropology (2017)
  • MPH
    Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health (2012)
  • BS
    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Neuroscience (2008)


  • Co-designing a suicide prevention intervention for women in Pakistan (NIMH K01)
    Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan; Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan 2021
    In LMIC, up to 20% of maternal deaths are due to suicide and in South Asia, suicide is a leading cause of death among women of reproductive age. Suicide is also highly stigmatized and a sensitive topic for community engagement. This research project uses a community-based co-design approach to explore the feasibility of engaging peer-volunteers in suicide detection and prevention in rural Pakistan, where findings will inform how task-shifted models for mental health care can successfully integra
  • CMIPS Qualitative Methods Innovation Lab
    New Haven, CT, United States 2020
    We are a hub for innovation of original methodological contributions to advance the use of qualitative approaches, including elicitation, study design, and analysis, in implementation science through research, training, and collaboration. Our team of faculty, students, and implementers are working on various qualitative methods projects including the integration of rapid approaches for data collection and analysis, methods for human-centered design in complex field sites, and a scoping review of
  • Nepal Suicide Prevention
    Dhulikhel, Central Development Region, Nepal 2020
    Three-quarters of suicide deaths occur in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Despite recent calls to advance the research agenda surrounding suicide, there is a dearth of evidence supporting effective strategies for early identification and prevention in low-resourced, culturally diverse contexts. To respond to the lack of mental health services in LMIC, there has been rapid dissemination of task-shifted interventions (the redistribution of health tasks from specialized providers to low-le
  • The Bachpan Study
    Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan 2020
    This multidisciplinary project, led by Joanna Maselko at Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill, focuses on identifying the early childhood mechanisms through which maternal depression, and its treatment, shapes child developmental trajectories in rural Pakistan. We use transdisciplinary approaches, including economics, social epidemiology, psychiatry, and anthropology, to better understand how to make lasting improvements in maternal health, parental investments, and child dev
  • Maternal and neonatal healthcare improvement
    Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2020
    This interdisciplinary project is using a systems-integrated quality improvement approach to improve maternal and neonatal health services across Ethiopia. Our team uses mixed-methods to develop, test, and assess the impacts of patient care on mothers and their families.
  • Maternal depression in rural Nepal
    Bharatpur, Central Development Region, Nepal (2017-2019)
    Maternal depression in rural Nepal

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