Emily is an epidemiologist at heart, with a passion for understanding the causes and consequences of mental illness. She believes that context is essential when we think about mental health conditions. Not unlike a spider’s web, the effects of mental illness are threaded across all aspects of life -- from physical health status to one’s ability to maintain relationships and employment -- impeding our capacity to thrive and live full lives. Mental illness is the third leading cause of disease burden worldwide; Emily believes that if we do more to combat stigma, understand risk factors and provide appropriate and effective mental health treatment across populations and cultures, we can change that.
Dr. Goldmann is Research Assistant Professor of Global Public Health here at CGPH. Her work has focused on social and environmental determinants of mental health conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder and depression, as well as the mental health consequences of acute health events such as experiencing a stroke.
Prior to joining NYU, Emily conducted health economics outcomes research on various health conditions at a consulting firm and worked as an epidemiologist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the Bureau of Adult Mental Health. In this role, she conducted surveillance of psychological distress, serious mental illness, and psychiatric hospitalization among New Yorkers and assisted in designing and implementing a study of patients recently hospitalized for psychiatric illness and a rapid assessment of the burden of mental health conditions following Hurricane Sandy.
For Emily, it starts with expanding mental health research across the globe, with particular attention to appropriate assessment of mental health conditions using culturally-relevant screening instruments. Emily contends that understanding cross-population differences in perspectives on mental illness and symptomatology is critical, and can give us a much better sense of how we can intervene to improve mental health around the world.
Emily studied economics and Mandarin Chinese as an undergraduate at Columbia University and received her master's degree and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Since 2011, she has also been an adjunct professor, teaching a class in psychiatric epidemiology to master's students at CUNY School of Public Health.