The Foundation for 
Applied Psychiatric Anthropology
The Foundation for Applied Psychiatric Anthropology

The Foundation for Applied Psychiatric Anthropology is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2008 by an anthropologist / social worker (Rebecca Lester, PhD, MSW, LCSW)  and a psychiatrist (Davinder Hayreh, MA, MD).


Program Areas:

The research division facilitates collaborations among scholars, clinicians,
and advocates who want to integrate clinical work with ethnographic research
related to culture and mental health.  We are building an international network of
individuals who share this collaborative vision.

The advocacy and education division offers educational programs and
professional trainings for clinicians on topics related to culture and mental
health.  We develop community-based education campaigns aimed at reducing
the stigma of mental illness.  We also design and execute policy initiatives and
local advocacy activities.

The clinical division provides low-cost, culturally-appropriate mental health 
services to individuals and families in the St. Louis area (where FAPA is 


aims to be a nexus for research, practice and advocacy around culture and mental health issues and encourages visitors to contribute actively to this website.  Each page includes a form for submitting information for posting, or emails may be sent directly to

FAPA also now has a forum where visitors can post announcements, ask questions of others, generate debate, seek collaborators, etc.  To access the forum click here

If you are a researcher, practitioner, advocate, or community member interested in culture and mental health, we encourage you to become affiliated with FAPA.  To fill out the affiliation request form, click here.

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