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

Neely Myers (U Chicago) uses ethnographic methods to understand what it means to heal from schizophrenia for people living in America, and what is easy or challenging about the prescribed healing processes.  She conducted ethnographic research for her dissertation at a consumer-run Illinois drop-in center in an attempt to better understand the way that American cultural beliefs inform the treatment processes currently being promoted by the recovery movement in mental health care, and to provide insight into what mental health consumers' find to be useful or challenging about these "recovery-oriented" services.

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Neely Anne Laurenzo Myers
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Chicago
Comparative Human Development
540 817 0103

Elizabeth Nickrenz (U Chicago).  My research looks at the way in which people affected by autism spectrum disorders draw upon broader conversations about biomedicine, identity and sociality in the United States to interpret and define these conditions. I am currently conducting ethnographic research at sites where the definition and meaning of autism spectrum conditions are negotiated and deployed, as well as conducting interviews with people diagnosed, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

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