Jean-Francois Trani is an assistant professor at the Brown School. He joined in 2012 from the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London.
His work lies at the intersection of mental health, disability, vulnerability and poverty with a focus on conducting research that informs policy and service design for individuals living in conflict affected fragile states, and other low-income countries, such as Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Sierra Leone Somalia and Sudan (Darfur) and more recently Morocco and Tunisia.
Dr. Trani’s research has contributed to the policy papers of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan regarding disability issues. Dr. Trani’s research has been funded by a number of organizations including the UK AID/DFID, European Commission, UN Mine Action Center in Afghanistan, Handicap International, UNICEF, and the World Bank.
His current fieldwork research in Afghanistan is focusing on the impact of a community based rehabilitation program on the wellbeing of people with disabilities. He also carried out a case control study looking at poverty and disability in Morocco and Tunisia in collaboration with Handicap International. In 2011-2012 he carried a hospital based case control study in New Delhi India looking at multidimensional poverty, stigma and mental illness. More about these studies is available at: http://sites.wustl.edu/globaldisability/