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Doctoral Candidates

  • Morgen Chalmiers, MD-PhD student

    Morgen Chalmiers, MD-PhD student

    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. Morgen was 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. Currently, she is in Jordan completing her dissertation research. In June 2020 she was awarded the prestigious Haydu Prize from the Department of Anthropology for her dissertation project in relation to Culture, Experience, and Human Values.   

    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.

  • Lauren Nippoldt, MA, C. Phil

    Lauren Nippoldt, MA, C. Phil

    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, M.A., C.Phil.

    Dinorah "Lillie" Sánchez, M.A., C.Phil.

    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, M.A., C.Phil

    Hua "Miranda" Wu, M.A., C.Phil

    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.