Melissa Ceuterick

Melissa Ceuterick

Status: Postdoctoral researcher

Melissa Ceuterick is a postdoctoral fellow at Hedera since 2017.

As a cultural anthropologist trained at Ghent University, Melissa has a background in qualitative research methods. Her PhD focused on the use and perception of traditional medicine among Andean migrants in the UK (University of Bradford, 2009). After working as a resident professor for Duke University’s Global Health program in Costa Rica (2012), she coordinated several applied research projects in the Flemish integration sector in the field of migrants’ health and wellbeing. During this time she co-edited “Bouwstenen voor een cultuursensitieve zorg- en welzijnsorganisatie” (Politeia, 2016).

Since 2021-’22 she is lecturer in charge of the third bachelor course Health Sociology of the Interuniversity Bachelor in Social Sciences (VUB-Ghent University). She is currently also in charge of the Seminar on Health Sociology and Social Demography, a course in the Dutch Master of Sociology (Ghent University), for which she supervises Community Service Learning projects. In addition she is co-teaching in the master course Sociology of Health and Illness (Dutch and English master programs in Sociology at Ghent University) and the bachelor course Societal impact of medications in the second bachelor in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ghent University).

Her research interests include the nexus between 1) migration and mental health and 2) medication use and identity. As main researcher on the BELSPO funded projects BENZONET and BENZOCARE in collaboration with ULiège, she explores users’ and providers’ perspectives on long-term use of benzodiazepines.

In addition, she has been coordinating the FWO (Rode Neuzen Fonds) project 'A culturally-sensitive stigma survey' and was co-supervising the BELSPO funded REMEDI project, which builds on the previous 'Mind the Gate' study on general practitioners' decision-making regarding patients with mental health care problems.

She is supervising several PhD students with qualitative research projects on migrant health, stigma, maternal health and vaccination hesitancy.