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Joy Noel Baumgartner

Associate Professor
Wallace Kuralt Early Career Distinguished Scholar
Director, Global Mental Health Initiative

Joy Noel Baumgartner


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Room 245-E

325 Pittsboro Street

CB 3550

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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Joy Noel Baumgartner, MSSW, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Baumgartner also has adjunct appointments in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University. Her research focuses on strengthening the delivery of integrated health and social service interventions addressing mental health, HIV, reproductive health, maternal, child & adolescent health, and/or gender-based violence, largely in sub-Saharan Africa. As director of the School’s Global Mental Health Initiative, Dr. Baumgartner’s mixed methods research is grounded in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and integrated service systems to inform, co-create, and evaluate global mental health interventions.

Degrees and Licenses

PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill
MSSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, University of Virginia

Primary Program

MSW Education



Research and Professional Interests

Global Mental Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health
Implementation Research
Mixed Methods Intervention Research

Principal Investigator

Adolescent Wellness Visits to Reduce Health Risks in Tanzania (NICHD R01)
Family Psychoeducation for Adults with Psychotic Disorders in Tanzania (NIMH R34)
Impact evaluation of an integrated maternal mental health/early childhood development intervention in Northern Ghana


Evaluation of child-optimized financial education for caregivers on child outcomes in rural Uganda
Health-assisted conditional cash transfers to improve timeliness of childhood vaccinations in Mtwara, Tanzania

Recent Publications

Clari, R., Headley, J., Egger, J., Swai, P., Lawala, P., Minja, A., Kaaya, S., Baumgartner, J. N. (2022, January). Perceived burden and family functioning among informal caregivers of individuals living with schizophrenia in Tanzania: A cross-sectional study. BMC Psychiatry, 22(1).

Baumgartner, J. N., Ali, M., Gallis J., Lillie, M., Abubakr-Bibilazu, S., Adam, H., Aborigo, R., Owusu, R., Kim, E. T., McEwan, E., Zhou, Y., Mackness, J., Awoonor-Williams, J. K., Hembling, H. (2021). Effect of a lay counselor delivered integrated maternal mental health and early childhood development group-based intervention in Northern Ghana: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Global Mental Health, 8(18), 1–11.

Baumgartner, J. N., Headley, J., Kirya, J., Guenther, J., Kaggwa, J., Kim, M. K., Aldridge, L, Weiland, S., Egger, J. (2021, August). Impact evaluation of a quality of care intervention at private primary care facilities for maternal and neonatal health in rural Uganda. Health Policy & Planning, 36(7), 1103-1115.

Watt, M. H., Nguyen, T. V., Touré, C., Traoré, D., Wesson, J., Baumgartner, J. N. (2020) Integrated mental health screening for obstetric fistula patients in Mali: From evidence to policy. PLoS One, 15(9).

Veling, W., Burns, J. K., Makhathini, E. M., Mtshemla, S., Nene, S., Shabalala, S., Mbatha, S. M., Tomita, A., Baumgartner, J., Susser, I., Hoek, H. W., Susser, E. (2019, March).  Identification of patients with recent onset psychosis in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa: A pilot study with traditional health practitioners and diagnostic instruments. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 54(3), 303-312.