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Visiting Faculty & Affiliates

  • Ietza Bojorquez

    Ietza Bojorquez

    Dr. Ietza Bojorquez, MD, MPH, PhD is an epidemiologist whose work focuses on the social determinants of health. She has conducted research on migration and health (migrant’s mental health, changes in health-related practices after migration, and migrant’s access to healthcare services), and health-related practices (dietary and physical activity practices). Among her more recent projects are “Mental health and reintegration trajectories of young return migrants”, “Public spaces and physical activity in cities in Northern Mexico”, “Access to healthcare services of migrants in Mexico’s Southern border”, and “Feasibility study if a cell-phone intervention to promote mental health among deported migrants”. Recent publications include: “Health policies for international migrants: a comparison between Mexico and Colombia” (Health Policy Open, 2020, 1: 100003), “The biohabitus of scarcity: bio-social dispositions and the ‘obesity epidemic’ in Mexico.” Sociology of Health & Illness, 2020 42(5):1095-1107. “Social inequalities and depressive symptoms: a cross sectional study of women in a Mexican border city, 2014.” Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/ Panamerican Journal of Public Health, 2020. 44:e9. “Urban public parks and mental health in adult women: Mediating and moderating factors”. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 2018, 64(7):637-646. “International migration and dietary change in Mexican women from a social practice framework." Appetite, 2018.125:72-80.

  • Julia Brown

    Julia Brown

    Julia Brown, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar in Bioethics and Innovative Technologies at UCSF, is from Australia and has worked in government public health policy, palliative care health services research (the University of Melbourne) and public anthropology (she co-founded the podcast/blog The Familiar Strange). Her PhD from the Australian National University examined clozapine treatment for schizophrenia in Australia and the United Kingdom, and she continues to research and write about psychosis, health agency and approaches to caregiving. She is currently an anthropologist working at the intersection between healthcare and AI. 
    Her main interests are health equity, social and biological interactions, and the ethics of biotechnology, including psychotropic drug treatments, pharmacogenomics and machine learning for newborn screening. You can find her academic publications here
  • Elizabeth Carpenter-Song

    Elizabeth Carpenter-Song

    Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor at Dartmouth University, is a medical and psychological anthropologist whose work explores the lived experiences of mental illness and the contemporary context of U.S. mental health services. Much of her work involves engaging with marginalized communities in the U.S. using ethnographic methods to identify and design promising strategies for improving services, reducing disparities, and enhancing wellbeing.

  • Fernando José Ciello

    Fernando José Ciello

    Dr. Fernando Ciello is currently an Associate Professor at Federal University of Roraima, Brazil. His activities are developed at the Insikiran Institute for Indigenous Higher Education as well as the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology in the referred university. He completed the write-up of his doctoral dissertation as an awardee of the Fulbright Program while in residence at UC San Diego as a Visiting Scholar within the Department of Anthropology and in residence at the Center for Global Mental Health (Co-Sponsored by UCSD Professors Csordas and Jenkins). His doctorate was conferred (April, 2019) by the Department of Anthropology of Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC, Brazil) under the supervision of Professor Esther Jean Langdon.

    Dr. Ciello’s research interests are broadly connected to the area of anthropology of health and includes the ethnographic study of mental health, alternative therapies, spirituality, narrative, diagnostics and therapeutic process. Professor Ciello’s doctoral research explored the relations between psychotherapeutic and spiritual practices in a psychiatric outpatient clinic in Southern Brazil. His current project, “Healing Arts in Northern Brazil: health and agency in ethnographic perspectives”, focuses on healers and their practices, as well as mapping the ways traditional knowledges are enacted to produce healing and resolution for different ailments and conditions. Healers of the region come from different backgrounds, with a strong presence of pajés, xamãs and curadores, and their practices encompass different interfaces between indigenous and official/medical orientations. Given its broad nature, the project also envolves an approach to indigenous health and indigenous mental health problems, given the high rates of suicide among native groups in the area.

    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.
  • Javier Escobar

    Javier Escobar

    Dr. Escobar, M.D., M.Sc. is currently Associate Dean for Global Health and Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Rutgers-RWJMS), New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. Formerly, he was Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, also at Rutgers-RWJMS. 

    Professor Escobar’s primary research base is Colombia. He is Principal Investigator at Rutgers for the NIMH-funded grant “Genetics of Severe Mental Illness” a cross-national research project in Colombia, South America. He has been a member of several national groups including: The DSM-5 Task Force that produced the latest diagnostic criteria for mental disorders in North America, The National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Physicians Scholars Program, and The Committee on Gulf War and Health, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC Associate Editor, American Journal of Psychiatry. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University. He is a member of the advisory committee and co-investigator of NIH Fogarty grant, “Multidisciplinary Training Program on Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Disorders” a grant training Latin American Researchers from Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. He is currently Associate Editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry. He was also Associate Editor, for Psychiatric Services. Throughout his career, Dr. Escobar has had many national and international assignments and has received many honors. He has published over 250 scientific articles in national and international books and journals. His recent book redresses the inattention to Global Mental Health in Latin America: Global Mental Health: Latin American and Spanish-Speaking Populations, Rutgers University Press, 2020. 

  • Nofit Itzhak

    Nofit Itzhak

    Dr. Nofit Itzhak, PhD (UC San Diego) is the based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Currently, she is a recipient of the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie, and is a Fellow at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. She has broad interests in psychological anthropology and the anthropology of religion. Her current research project addresses some of the concerns evoked by the rapid introduction of cyberphysical systems into social life, and the imminent onset of what the World Economic Forum calls the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. The project focuses in particular on anxieties revolving the potential impact that children’s engagement with digital technologies may have on their mental health and wellbeing. The study both investigates and addresses these concerns through an ethnographic exploration of the broader relational contexts within which children’s engagement with digital technologies takes place, including such spaces as Fabrication Labs and Makerspaces, attending in particular to the experience of play, creativity and mind-wandering on the one hand, and to those of capture and addiction on the other.

    Dr. Itzkhak’s previous research projects include a study of Catholic Charismatic humanitarian missions in France and in Rwanda, and a study of Westernized forms of shamanic healing practices in the United States. Her work received funding from the Wenner Gren Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Grant and Osmundsen Initiative Grant, the Society for Psychological Anthropology’s Lemelson Fellowship, the University of California’s Regents Fellowship, the Beatriu de Pinos Fellowship, and the Marie Sklodowska- Curie fellowship program, among others. Dr. Itzkhak is recipient of UCSD’s 2016 Chancellor’s Medal for the best dissertation in the Social Sciences, and the 2015 recipient of the Condon Prize by the Society for Psychological Anthropology.

  • Angel Martínez-Hernáez

    Angel Martínez-Hernáez

    Angel Martínez-Hernáez is Distinguished Professor and head of the Medical Anthropology Research Center at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. His main research projects have focused on collective mental health, biomedical cultures, biopolitics, anthropological theory, health policies in Europe and Latin America, and Amazonian cultures.


  • Olga Odgers Ortiz

    Olga Odgers Ortiz

    Olga Odgers-Ortiz, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Social Studies Department, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico. She is a sociologist whose principal research interests are in the crossroads of migration, religion, and health, focusing on the experience of migrants trapped in mobility in the US-MX border, subjectivity, and alternative healing. She has been Principal Investigator for Range of Therapies provided by Evangelical Rehabilitation Centers for Drug Addicts in Baja California Border Region (Conacyt). Currently, Professor Odgers is Co-PI for an interdisciplinary collaborative project on Tracing Mobility and Care Trajectories: Migrants and Asylum Seekers’ Experiences in the US-Mx Border (PIMSA). She is author/co-author of numerous publications, including: Productive Misunderstandings: The Ambivalent Relationship Between Religious-Based Treatments and the Lay State in Mexico. 2019, Odgers Ortiz, O., Olivas-Hernández, O.L. International Journal of Latin American Religion 3, 356–369; Factors associated with retention in faith-based drug treatment centers in the Mexican-American border (2019) Ietza Bojorquez, Daniel Rodríguez, Olga Odgers, Ramiro Jaimes. Salud Mental 41(4):169-177; and Making Los Angeles Home: The Integration of Mexican Immigrants in the United,States, 2016. Rafael Alarcon, Luis Escala, Olga Odgers (Tr. Dick Clusterm). University of California Press.

  • 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.