• 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.
  • Fernando José Ciello

    Fernando José Ciello


    Fernando is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology of Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC, Brazil) and is a Visiting Scholar at UC San Diego in the Fulbright Program.His research interests are broadly connected to the ethnographic study of mental health and include spirituality, narrative, gender relations, Brazilian social thought, psychological anthropology and anthropology of health.

    Fernando’s research explores the relations between psychotherapeutic and spiritual practices in a psychiatric outpatient clinic in Southern Brazil. He is a doctoral candidate in Social Anthropology in the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Florianópolis, Brazil) advised by professors Esther Jean Langdon and Sonia Weidner Maluf. He is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Medical and Psychological Anthropology program at UCSD, sponsored by Professor Thomas Csordas and co-sponsored by Professor Janis Jenkins.

    Ciello, Fernando J.
    2016. Feminist killjoys e reflexões (in)felizes sobre obstinação e felicidade. Revista de Estudos Feministas. vol.24 no.3. Florianópolis. DOI: 10.1590/1806-9584-2016v24n3p1019.
    Arboleya, Arilda; Ciello, Fernando J; Meucci, Simone.
    2015.“Educação para uma vida melhor”: trajetórias sociais de docentes negros. Cadernos de Pesquisa. Vol.45, n.158. São Paulo, SP. DOI: 10.1590/198053143248 .
    Ciello, Fernando J.
    2015. Sobre a loucura e sobre o social: práticas psiquiátricas contemporâneas e suas (re)configurações. V Reunião Equatorial de Antropologia/ XIV Reunião de Antropólogos do Norte e Nordeste. Maceió, AL.
    Ciello, Fernando J.
    2013. Saúde mental, loucura e saberes: reforma psiquiátrica, interações e identidades em uma clínica-dia. Dissertação (Mestrado em Antropologia Social) – Departamento de Antropologia da Universidade Federal do Paraná.
  • Hua Wu (Miranda)

    Hua Wu (Miranda)


    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.

  • Szilvia Zörgő

    Szilvia Zörgő


    Szilvia is a doctoral candidate of Mental Health Sciences at Semmelweis University (Budapest, Hungary), and is currently a Fulbright visiting scholar under the sponsorship of Thomas Csordas at UC San Diego, Department of Anthropology. Szilvia’s research focuses on the sociocultural factors of therapy choice and decision-making processes related to health. Her professional interests include psychological/medical anthropology and communication in healthcare. She is a guest lecturer at the Institute of Intercultural Psychology and Education, as well as the Department of Anthropology, at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.


    Nyírő, J; Zörgő, S; Földesi, E; Hegedűs, K; Hauser, P.
    2018. The Timing and Circumstances of the Implementation of Pediatric Palliative Care in Hungarian Pediatric Oncology. European Journal of Pediatrics (May 7, 2018)
    Zörgő, S., Purebl, G., Zana, Á.
    2018. A Qualitative Study of Culturally Embedded Factors in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Jan. 22, 2018) 18:25
    Zörgő, S.
    2018. Pszichiátria vagy Alternatíva? A komplementer és alternatív medicina vonzereje. [Psychiatry or an Alternative? The pull of Complementary and Alternative Medicine]. Lege Artis Medicinæ 2018;28(1–2):61–66.
    Zörgő, S.
    2017. Szempontok a kvalitatív kutatás tervezéséhez és értékeléséhez. [Considerations for the design and evaluation of qualitative research]. Lege Artis Medicinæ, 27(10–12):418–426.
    Zörgő, S.
    2017. Pszichoszociális etiológia a hagyományos kínai orvoslást alkalmazók körében – A „lelki eredetű” testi betegség laikus oki teóriái. [Psychosocial etiology among users of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Lay theories of illness causation]. Kultúra és közösség 8(4):107-119.
    Nyírő J, Hauser P, Zörgő S, Hegedűs K.
    2017. A kommunikáció nehézségei daganatos gyermekek szüleivel a palliatív ellátásra történő áttérés során. [Difficulties in communication with parents of pediatric cancer patients during the transition to palliative care]. Orvosi Hetilap, 158(30):1174–1180.
    Zörgő, S., Győrffy Z.
    2016. Gyógyítók a komplementer és alternatív medicináról – kvalitatív elemzés eredményei alapján. [Physician attitudes concerning complementary and alternative medicine]. Lege Artis Medicinæ, 26(9–10):421–428.
    Zörgő, S., Purebl, G., Zana, Á.
    2016. A komplementer és alternatív medicina felé orientálódó terápiaválasztást meghatározó tényezők [Factors determining selection of treatment options oriented towards complementary and alternative medicine]. Orvosi Hetilap, 157(15), 584–592.