Dr. Kim Hopper is a medical anthropologist who also works as a research scientist at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, where he co-directs the Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health.
He is author of Reckoning with Homelessness, Cornell University Press, 2003, a stock-taking of two decades of research, advocacy, and theoretical work in that field, and co-editor of the Recovery from Schizophrenia: An International Perspective, Psychosocial Press, 2007.
He is also author of a critical review of practical quandaries in applied anthropological work. Since 1979, Hopper has done ethnographic and historical research on psychiatric care and on homelessness, chiefly in New York City. Active in homeless advocacy efforts since 1980, he served as president of the National Coalition for the Homeless from 1991 to 1993. His current research interests include the reconfiguration of public mental health, cross-cultural studies of psychotic disorder, community-based modalities of coercion, and dimensions of recovery and support in severe mental illness.
Hopper is currently co-investigator on a number of NIMH-funded studies. He was co-convener of a Qualitative Methods Institute at New York University in the summer of 2002, and consults frequently on methodological issues in mental health services research. From 1999 to 2003, he was a member of the NIMH Services Research Scientific Review Committee.
He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1987.