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Joy Noel Baumgartner

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

Joy Noel Baumgartner, outdoors in front of tree with autumn leaves


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Room 245-E

325 Pittsboro Street

CB 3550

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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Joy Noel Baumgartner, MSSW, PhD, 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




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

Lillie M, Gallis JA, Hembling J, Owusu RK, Ali M, Abubakr-Bibilazu S, Aborigo R, Haliq A, McEwan E, Awoonor-Williams JK, Baumgartner JN. Prevalence and correlates of depression among pregnant women enrolled in a maternal and newborn health program in rural northern Ghana: A cross-sectional survey. Global Social Welfare 2020;7(2):131-140.

Cherenack EM, Tolley EE, Kaaya S, Headley J, Baumgartner JN. Depression and Sexual Trauma among Adolescent Girls and Young Women in HIV-Prevention Research in Tanzania. Maternal and Child Health Journal 2020 May;24(5):620-629.

Parcesepe AM, Cordoba E, Gallis J, Hembling J, Headley J, Tchatchou B, Baumgartner JN. Common mental disorders and intimate partner violence against pregnant women living with HIV in Cameroon: A cross sectional analysis. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2021

Watt MH, Nguyen T-V, Touré C, Traoré D, Wesson J, Baumgartner JN. Integrated mental health screening for obstetric fistula patients in Mali: From evidence to policy. PLoS One 2020;15(9):e0238777

Veling W, Burns JK, Makhathini EM, Mtshemla S, Nene S, Shabalala S, Mbatha SM, Tomita A, Baumgartner J, Susser I, Hoek HW, Susser E. 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; 2019 Mar;54(3):303-312