Dr. Good’s present work focuses on research and mental health services development in Asian societies, particularly Indonesia. He has been a frequent visiting professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University, in Jogyakarta, Indonesia. He has conducted research with colleagues there on the early phases of psychotic illness for more than 10 years, and is co-director of the International Pilot Study of the Onset of Psychosis (IPSOS), a multi-site study of early experiences of psychosis and care-seeking in Indonesia (Jogyakarta, Jakarta), China (Shanghai, Beijing), Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Boston. For the past two years, Prof. Good has been collaborating with Prof. Mary-Jo Good and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on developing mental health services in post-tsunami and post-conflict Aceh (Indonesia). They have conducted major, research- based evaluations of levels of military violence and trauma suffered by civilian communities in rural Aceh, and are currently collaborating with IOM to provide and evaluate outreach mental health care to 75 high conflict villages in Aceh.
Prof. Good’s broader interests focus on the theorization of subjectivity in contemporary societies — on the relation of political, cultural, and psychological renderings of the subject and experience, with a special interest in Indonesia. He is an editor of two volumes published by the University of California Press: Subjectivity: Ethnographic Investigations (Biehl, Good & Kleinman, 2007), and Postcolonial Disorders (M. Good, Hyde, Pinto & B. Good, 2008). He continues to investigate how culture and social forms structure the onset, experience, and course of psychiatric disorders, and is an editor of Culture and Panic Disorder (D. Hinton & Good, Stanford University Press, 2009). In the past several years he has been involved in building and evaluating mental health services in low resource settings in Asia, particularly in Aceh. Dr. Good is a former editor-in-chief of the international journal Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry (from 1986-2004) and has been a member of numerous editorial boards. He is currently a member of the board of editors of Early Intervention in Psychiatry.