Artist in Residence

The Global Mental Health Program believes in the power of the arts to illuminate the lived experience of mental illness, to validate the challenges of caring for and loving those who do, and to break through the shame and stigma that too often prevent those suffering from speaking out and getting the help they deserve. We are proud to maintain close working relationships with many creative professionals who use their artistry to advance these aims.

Meet our current Artist in Residence, Dr. Yasmine Van Wilt, PhD, who will bring an array of programmatic initiatives to GMHP in the months ahead:


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Yasmine Van Wilt, PhD

Dr Yasmine Van Wilt is an award-winning singer-songwriter, dramatist, producer and academic whose work advocates for mental health and sustainability. Yasmine holds a PhD in Creative Writing. She is a Mellon Fellow, an Ambassador to the Campaign to Change Direction and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Her songs have reached Top 40 radio and iTunes charts in the UK and the US and have been released by major record labels including Big Machine. Her dramatic works have been staged in collaboration with national theaters, Off-West End and West End venues and her scripts are published by presses including Oberon Books. She has performed for and in association with the UN, the WHO, Kulturkraft and the EU.Yasmine is a producer on Emmy-winner Charles Stuart’s forthcoming documentary feature Into The Light; her next EP, If You Want, featuring the multi-platinum Bellamy Brothers will be released globally by Kobalt on June 23rd, 2017. As Artist-in-Residence to the Columbia University Global Mental Health Program, Yasmine will create both critical and creative works that interrogate, theorize, and humanize emotional suffering. She will arrange workshops, screenings, performances and academic events on campus and beyond that raise awareness of the work of the CUGMHP.