Sonny S. Patel

Transcultural Conflict
Violence Initiative
Georgia State University

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Sonny Patel

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?"

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sonny S. Patel, MPH, MPhil, is an award-winning researcher and a former National Institutes of Health Fogarty Global Health Scholar. He is a Presidential Fellow in Transcultural Conflict Violence Initiative at Georgia State University and a Visiting Scientist at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

He has received his Bachelors from University of California, Berkeley, his Masters from University of Southern California (Public Health and Global Health Leadership) and King’s College London (Psychological Medicine). He has developed protocols, programs, and training to build capacity and knowledge in communities worldwide from subject matters in Public Health, Community Health, and Mental Health to specialized topics in Emergency Management, Community Resilience, and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Patel was recently bestowed in 2021 with the Emerald Publishing Literati Award for Outstanding Research Paper by the Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management. He was named by USAID in India as one of the top DevDisruptors in Mental Health (2020) and by NATO peers in Ukraine as a rising star in Environmental Health and Security in Conflict Zones (2018). Sonny serves as a Public Health and Global Health Executive on advisory committees and board of directors of organizations creating positive social and community impacts, such as The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. He is the author of the upcoming book, “Community Resilience When Disaster Strikes: Security and Community Health in UK Flood Zones” published by Springer Nature.

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