Aneel ​​Singh Brar
Research Fellow​​​​

Aneel Brar, is a Research Fellow with the Brain and Mind Institute. His research focuses on maternal health, specifically on how social forces become e​mbodied as mental and physical disorder among pregnant women and young mothers. Using anthropological methods, epidemiology, and implementation science, Aneel’s objective is to translate research into policies and programs that decolonize global health practice, address structural violence, and advance health equity. He is a PhD candidate in Medical Anthropology at the University of Oxford, has a Master of Medical Sciences degree in Global Health Delivery from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from McGill University, as well as Bachelor degrees in Cell Biology and Political Science from University of Calgary. 

Over the past 10 years, Aneel has lived and worked mostly in rural Rajasthan to improve access to quality care. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Mata Jai Kaur Maternal and Child Health Centre,  has led the development of a task-shared non-specialist delivered perinatal mental health intervention called the Khushee Mamta Program (Happy Motherhood Program), and a male focused gender-based violence prevention program called Men Against Violence (MAV) with funding from Grand Challenges Canada and Harvard Medical School’s Center for Global Health Delivery. He also was a Visiting Academic at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.