Behavioral Science in the Global Arena

Global Health Trends and Issues

Edited by:
Elaine P. Congress, Fordham University
Dalton Meister, University of Michigan
Shenae C. Osborn, Fordham University
Harold Takooshian, Fordham University

A volume in the series: International Psychology. Editor(s): Elaine P. Congress, Fordham University. Harold Takooshian, Fordham University.

Published 2022

“How are behavioral scientists increasingly involved to advise global decision-makers in the United Nations and elsewhere?”

In 2020, the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations (PCUN) launched a bold new series of books, describing how evidence-based behavioral research is increasingly used by United Nations and other decision-makers, to address global issues. These issues reflect the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030—such as health, poverty, education, peace, gender equality, and climate change.

This PCUN volume brings together 37 experts in 14 concise chapters, to focus on health in two parts: (1) a data-based overview of diverse trends in global health—such as COVID, opioids, dementia, and disabilities. (2) An examination of underlying issues in global health—such as race, gender, LGBTQ+, and health disparities (detailed below). The chapters are co-authored by leading global experts as well as “rising star” students from many nations--offering readers a concise overview of each topic, a glossary of key terms, study questions, and bibliography. This volume is suitable as a textbook for diverse courses in psychology, social work, cross-cultural and international studies.


“...Behavioral Science in the Global Arena” is a milestone in the forging of a global psychologist mental health network, able to offer the United Nations solutions to its quest.” — Niels Peter Rygaard, CEO at, Recipient of the 2020 APA International Humanitarian Award

“...This volume provides students and professionals committed to international work insights on theoretical frameworks, policy implications and best practices using evidence-based approaches.” — Barbara W. Shank, PhD, LICSW, Dean and Professor Emerita, University of St. Thomas; Secretary, International Association of Schools of Social Work

Endorsements: Praise for Behavioral Science in the Global Arena. Foreword, David Marcotte. Preface, Elaine P. Congress and Harold Takooshian. PART A: TRENDS IN GLOBAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING. Coping with Pandemics: The Case of Coronavirus, José Rodríguez Gómez & Estefanía M. Texidor Vega. Substance Use Disorder and Illicit Opioid Use, Linda White Ryan & Sara Matsuzaka. Aging and Dementia, Jane L. Mahakian & Shenae C. Osborn. People with Disabilities, Priska Fleischlin, Christie Park, Wilaiporn Kotbungkair, Thi Thi Thein, Noel Muridzo, & Joachim Mumba. Nutrition Among the United Nations, Veronica K. Campbell. Protecting Biodiversity: Why it is Critical to our Well-Being, Maria E. Abate, Anne E. Magurran, Hannah Burke, & Douglas F. Fraser. Climate Change: Involving Young People in the Fight Against Global Warming & Environmental Deterioration, Uwe P. Gielen & Olivia Lowrey. PART B: ISSUES IN GLOBAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING. Global Health Disparities and the Social Determinants of Health, Robert H. Keefe & Sandra D. Lane. Women’s Health: A Global Health Challenge, Helena Obermair, Jane McDonnell, Charles Arcus, & Gabrielle Casper. Western and Indigenous Approaches to Mental Health: A Contrast in Paradigms, Rashmi Jaipal & Ningsangrenla Longkumer. United Nations Policies to Create Safe Medical Care for LGBTQI+ People, Bruce Knotts & Sydney Boyer. Health Care for Migrants: A Shared Global Responsibility, Marciana L. Popescu, Dana Alonzo, and Allison Adler. Beyond HIV/AIDS Stigma: A Global Overview with Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, Comfort B. Asanbe & Nicholas Yip. Reducing Human Trafficking Around the Globe by 2030 and Beyond, Kalyani Gopal & Anna Peverly. Concluding Remarks, Shenae Osborn. Biographies. Index of Names.