Status: Postdoctoral researcher
Melissa Ceuterick is a postdoctoral fellow at Hedera since 2017.
As a cultural anthropologist trained at Ghent University, Melissa has a background in qualitative research methods. Her PhD focused on the use and perception of traditional medicine among Andean migrants in the UK (University of Bradford, 2009). After working as a resident professor for Duke University’s global health program in Costa Rica (2012), she coordinated several applied research projects in the Flemish integration sector, mainly in the field of migrants’ health and wellbeing. She also co-edited “Bouwstenen voor een cultuursensitieve zorg- en welzijnsorganisatie” (Politeia, 2016).
She is in charge of the Seminar on Health Sociology and Social Demography. In addition she is co-teaching in the master courses on Migration and Integration and Sociology of Health and Illness.
Her research interests include the link between migration, mental health and identity. As main researcher on the Belspo funded project 'BENZO_NET', she explores user perspectives on long-term use of benzodiazepines. In addition, she is coordinating the FWO (Rode Neuzen Fonds) project 'A culturally-sensitive stigma survey'. As of 2020 she will be co-supervising the Belspo funded REMEDI project, which builds on the previous 'Mind the Gate' study on general practitioners' decision-making regarding patients with mental health care problems.