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Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Howard  Kushner

Professor

Professor Emeritus, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

11 September 2017

Howard I. Kushner is the Nat C. Robertson Distinguished Professor of Science & Society Emeritus at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and the John R. Adams Professor of History Emeritus at San Diego State University.  At Emory Kushner held joint appointments as Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education in the Rollins School of Public Health and in Emory’s Programs Human Health and in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and in the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts.  At SDSU Kushner is also Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Public Health.  In 2015 he and joined Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition in the Communications Department of the University of California, San Diego.  

A historian of medicine and neuroscience, Kushner is author of five books, including On the Other Hand: Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017),A Cursing Brain? The Histories of Tourette Syndrome(Harvard University Press, 1999), American Suicide: A Psychocultural Exploration(Rutgers University Press, 1991), and numerous articles on the history of suicide and of addition. Kushner’s current research focuses on the possible connections between handedness, laterality, and learning disorders. His I-Book,Talent and Deficit: The Anomalies of Left-Handedness. Produced by Academic Exchange, Emory University, 2012, is available on line: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmdAYqqc8gc.

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact Information

SanDiego , CA

Phone: 404-727-9523

Email: hkushne@emory.edu

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Areas of Interest

  • Addiction/Substance Abuse
  • Mental Health

Affiliations & Activities

Howard I. Kushner is the Nat C. Robertson Distinguished Professor of Science & Society at Emory University where he holds a joint appointment as Professor in, the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education in Rollins School of Public Health and in Emory’s Programs Human Health and in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology.  Kushner, a historian of medicine and neuroscience, is author of four books, including American Suicide: A Psychocultural Exploration (1991) and A Cursing Brain? The Histories of Tourette Syndrome (1999) and numerous articles on medical history in journals including Lancet, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Perspectives in Biology& Medicine, Journal of the History of Medicine, Journal of Pediatric Infectious Disease, Laterality, and Pediatric Cardiology.  Kushner’s research has included a collaborative study of Kawasaki Disease, with colleagues from the University of California, San Diego, funded by a series of grants including the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, and the Kawasaki Disease Foundation.  Recently Kushner has published a series of articles on addiction and its relationship to self-medication. Supported by a grant from the Engelhard Foundation, Kushner was a co-convener of the “Conference on Addiction, the Brain, and Culture” held at Emory in February 2009, and co-editor of a special issue of BioSocieties, 5 (March 2010) entitled “Drugs, addiction and society.” 

 

Kushner’s current research focuses on the possible connections between handedness, laterality, and learning disorders. His articles on this topic recently appeared on in The Lancet (2011 ,2012), Laterality (2012, 2013, 2014), and Endeavour (2013).  His I-Book, Talent and Deficit: The Anomalies of Left-Handedness. Produced by  Academic Exchange, Emory University, 2012, is available on line: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmdAYqqc8gc

Kushner recently delivered the 26th Annual Peter W. Lampert Memorial Lecture at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, 23 May 2013, entitled “Deficit or Talent? Left-Handedness in Historical and Biological Perspective.” Kushner is completing a book manuscript tentatively entitled All Things Left: The Histories and Sciences of Left Handedness

 

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