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Doctoral Candidates

  • Ellen Kozelka

    Ellen Kozelka

    Ellen Kozelka is a PhD candidate in Psychological and Medical Anthropology. Her research interests include the US-México border, the phenomenology of healing, the anthropology of addiction, emotional experience, and global mental health. Her dissertation work is part of an international and inter-institutional project with El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California run by Dra. Olga Odgers Ortiz that investigates the relatively recent proliferation of religious and secular/spiritual rehabilitation centers for illicit drug users in Tijuana, MX.

    Ellen is also a member of the CGMH research team for several projects (SWYEPT, Bienestar, Adolescent Mental Health in Southern California) run by Prof. Janis Jenkins and Prof. Thomas Csordas at UCSD. Her participation in these projects focuses on the lived experience of psychotropic drugs (both prescribed and otherwise) as well as cultural understandings of disease and illness as they shape formulations of cure and healing. 

    Ellen E. Kozelka
    In Press “Concepciones culturales del ‘drogadicto’ en la frontera de México-Estados Unidos y la formación del clima de tratamiento en dos centros de rehabilitación Tijuanenses.” In Dejar las drogas con ayuda de Dios: Experiencias de internamiento en centros de rehabilitación religiosos y espirituales en la región fronteriza de Baja California, edited by Olga Odgers Ortíz. El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.
    Ellen E. Kozelka and Janis H. Jenkins
    2017 “Renaming non-communicable diseases.” The Lancet Global Health 5(7):e655. DOI: 10.1016/s2214-109x(17)30211-5.
    Jenkins, Janis H. and Ellen E. Kozelka
    2017 "Global Mental Health and Psychopharmacology in Precarious Ecologies: Anthropological Considerations for Engagement and Efficacy." In The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health, edited by R.; Jain White, S.; Orr, D.M.R.; Read, U. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
    Ellen E. Kozelka
    2016 “SPA/RLF Fellowship Feature” Anthropology News-SPA Section. August 19, 2016. Accessed August 31, 2016.
  • Lauren Nippoldt

    Lauren Nippoldt

    Lauren is a PhD candidate in Psychological and Medical Anthropology. Her research interests are Psychological & Medical Anthropology, South Asia, Care, Wellbeing, Moral Experience, and Sikhism.

    Lauren’s research explores wellbeing and mental health among voluntary social workers in Delhi and Punjab, India. Specifically, she works with Sikh sevadars (practitioners of social work), and she is interested in the role that religion has in fostering experiences of wellbeing and healing. She investigates the impact of subject position on experiences of mental burnout, stress, and wellbeing among providers of care. Finally, she is interested in understanding local conceptions of wellbeing.

  • Dinorah "Lillie" Sánchez

    Dinorah "Lillie" Sánchez

    Lillie Sánchez is a doctoral candidate in Psychological and Medical Anthropology. Her research interests include the U.S.-México border, migration, deportation, social determinants of health, global mental health, embodiment, and transnational families. Her dissertation work examines the effects of deportability, deportation, and family separation. Her research documents the impacts of immigration policy and enforcement on the health and well-being of entire families living in the California-Baja California border region.

    Sánchez, D.L., Benson, C.E., & Arredondo Cervantes, M.A.
    2014 Fear and other barriers to accessing health care services for Tlacuitapenses. In Cornelius, W.A., Lizardi-Gomez, A., Van Vooren, A., & Keyes, D. (Eds.), Return migration, health, and sexuality in a transnational Mexican community (77-99). Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UCSD.
  • Hua "Miranda" Wu

    Hua "Miranda" Wu

    Hua Wu (Miranda) is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychological and Medical Anthropology. Her research interest includes mental health and intergenerational experience in life transitions in Mainland China, the phenomenology of life experience, life course studies, the anthropology of the body, emotional experience and expression in East Asian context, and global mental health. Her dissertation work, “Where do I place my body and heart: embodiment and emotional experience across personal and historical transitions in modern China,” investigate emotional experience, health management, and the understanding of somatic and mental health across several generations in China.

    Miranda is also interested in the temporal-spatial aspect of everyday experiences, especially as people go through personal and social changes. She also collaborates with Fudan-UC center at UCSD and Fudan University’s anthropological team to explore the culturally shaped experience of mental health and subjective well-being in Shanghai, China.

  • Morgen Chalmiers

    Morgen Chalmiers

    Morgan Chalmiers is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychological and Medical Anthropology as well as a medical student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. She has recently been awarded both an NSF dissertation grant and a Fulbright fellowship to support her anthropological and medical research on reproductive health among Syrian refugee women in Amman Jordan and San Diego. Her dissertation research in Jordan will commence in August 2019. 

    Her research broadly examines women’s experiences of reproductive healthcare using the tools and theoretical lens of psychological anthropology. She works with a collaborative team across the UC campuses to conduct community-engaged, multi-sited research on resettled refugee women’s experiences of reproductive healthcare. Her current project employs critical feminist theory and phenomenological analysis to investigate disparities in maternal mental health among immigrant and refugee communities in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, with a particular focus on postpartum PTSD. She is passionate about integrating anthropological insights into clinical practice and health policy through interdisciplinary collaboration.

    Morgen's research interests include Maternal/Perinatal Mental Health, PTSD, Global Mental Health, Childbirth, Reproductive Health, Trauma, Qualitative/Mixed Methods Research, Embodiment, Refugee Health, and Critical Gender Studies.