BIOSKETCHES OF CONTRIBUTORS—Neuroanthropology and Its Applications
Article first published online: 19 SEP 2012
© 2012 by the American Anthropological Association
Annals of Anthropological Practice
Special Issue: Neuroanthropology and Its Applications
Volume 36, Issue 1, pages 202–204, May 2012
How to Cite
(2012), BIOSKETCHES OF CONTRIBUTORS—Neuroanthropology and Its Applications. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 36: 202–204. doi: 10.1111/j.2153-9588.2012.01100.x
- Issue published online: 19 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 19 SEP 2012
Victoria K. Burbank is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia. She is a psychological anthropologist who has worked in the Arnhem Land community of Numbulwar since 1977. Her publications on Numbulwar include Aboriginal Adolescence: Maidenhood in an Australian Community (1988), Fighting Women: Anger and Aggression in Aboriginal Australia (1994), and An Ethnography of Stress: The Social Determinants of Health in Aboriginal Australia (2011).
Gino L. Collura, M.A., Latin American and Caribbean studies (concentration in international relations), is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of South Florida. He is specializing in medical anthropology and neuroanthropology under the auspices of Dr. Daniel Lende. His concentrations are trauma, resilience, combative stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, and identity. He is a former business owner and consultant and has worked as an executive protection specialist.
Greg Downey (email@example.com) is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He has been conducting ethnographic and psychological research on sports, dance, and skill acquisition since 1992 in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. His first book, Learning Capoeira: Lessons in Cunning from an Afro-Brazilian Art (Oxford, 2005), was a study of the Afro-Brazilian dance and martial art, and he has published extensively on capoeira, no-holds-barred fighting, coaching, dance, music and other skills. Downey is especially interested in the ways physical education and training regimes in different cultures generate distinctive physiological capacities, behavior patterns, sensory abilities, and skill sets. His current research is on rugby training in Australia, New Zealand, and among Pacific Islanders. He is cofounder of the Neuroanthropology.net weblog, now part of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) Blogs, and coeditor of the 2012 MIT Press volume, The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology.
Katie Glaskin is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia. She has coedited two books, Customary Land Tenure and Registration in Australia and Papua New Guinea (2007) and Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practices in Indigenous Australia (2008). Her geographic research areas include Northwest Australia, where she has worked with Indigenous Australians since 1994, and Japan, where she lived during 2007. Her research interests include property, personhood, dreams, sleep, and creativity; humanoid robots, emotion and empathy; and culture in litigated settings. Her current projects include a coedited book on the anthropology of sleep and a legal ethnography of an Australian native title claim.
James Griffith, M.D., is Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University. He directs the general psychiatry residency program. His books include The Body Speaks: Therapeutic Dialogues for Mind–Body Problems (1994, with Melissa Elliot Griffith); Encountering the Sacred in Psychotherapy: How to Talk with People about Their Spiritual Lives (2002, with Griffith); and Religion That Heals, Religion That Harms: A Guide for Clinical Practice (2010).
Helena Hansen, M.D., Ph.D., in cultural anthropology from Yale, is a board certified psychiatrist. Her research interests focus on mainstreaming addiction treatment into general medicine settings, the corporate marketing of psychopharmaceuticals to ethnic and social groups and how this shapes utilization, and the effects of changes in social welfare and disability benefit eligibility criteria on patients’ health outcomes and self-perception.
Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor is Director of Research at the FrameWorks Institute. In this role, he employs social science theory and research methods from anthropology to improve the ability of public policy to positively influence health and social issues. This involves studying how cognitive theory can be applied in understanding how people interpret information and make meaning of their social worlds. His past research has focused on child and family health and in understanding the social and cultural factors that create health disparities and affect decision making. As a medical anthropologist, Kendall-Taylor has conducted fieldwork on the coast of Kenya studying pediatric epilepsy and the impacts of chronic illness on family well-being. He has also applied social science methods in research in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and has conducted ethnographic research on motivation in “extreme” athletes. Kendall-Taylor has a B.A. from Emory University and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Brandon A. Kohrt, M.D., Ph.D., is Medical Anthropologist and Resident in general psychiatry at George Washington University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, in Washington, D.C. He has conducted research in Nepal for 16 years. He studies the intersection of mental health and human rights, including the mental health of child soldiers and torture survivors. In the United States, he provides clinical services to torture survivors and refugees. He started a mental health clinic for Bhutanese refugees in 2009. He received the Physicians for Human Rights’ Navin Narayan Health and Human Rights Leadership Award for his work with torture survivors. He wrote the documentary film, Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army (2008).
Daniel Lende (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. His work focuses on the integration of neuroscience and anthropology, behavioral health, addiction, stress and trauma, and applied anthropology. He has done mixed-method research in Colombia and the United States. He is cofounder of the Neuroanthropology.net blog, now part of the Public Library of Science blogs, and coeditor of the 2012 volume The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology from MIT Press. His work has also appeared in Ethos, Addiction, Qualitative Health Research, and Addiction Research and Theory.
Eric Lindland is a Senior Researcher with the FrameWorks Institute. Prior to joining FrameWorks, he taught anthropology at Emory University, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame, and before that was a high school teacher and administrator in Guatemala. As a cognitive anthropologist, his research has focused on how analogies are used in language, symbolism, and ethics to bridge meanings between differing cultural systems. In particular, he has engaged cultural modeling theory to explore the intersection of African and Western religious and medical systems. His ethnographic and historical research in Malawi centered on the challenges of therapeutic decision making in a pluralistic religious and medical culture, and on people's creative development of new models that combine and correlate magical, spiritual, and biomedical healing techniques. Lindland has a B.A. in Political Studies from Gordon College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University.
Sujen M. Maharjan, M.A., completed his training in psychology at Tribhuvan University in Kirtipur, Nepal. He has worked for Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal conducting research with child soldiers. He directs the Nepalese Psychology Network and recently produced comprehensive bibliographies of mental health research conducted in Nepal. He operates a blog about psychology research in Nepal at http://sujenman.wordpress.com.
Neely Myers (email@example.com) is a psychological anthropologist working at the intersections of culture, neuroscience, and psychiatric disorders. She is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship as a researcher on translational science teams at Georgetown University investigating meditation-based interventions for clinical use in reducing symptoms of PTSD, depression, stress reactivity, and cardiovascular risk. She is also directing research on the use of peer services in mental health treatment settings in New York. Dr. Myers is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at George Washington University School of Medicine and Behavioral Sciences.
Mary Skinner, B.A., is a filmmaker who, with Helena Hansen, is producing a feature-length visual documentary on race, class, and addiction pharmaceuticals. She served as a volunteer in Bellevue Hospital's Chemical Dependency Program in New York City for six years. She has produced six feature films, which have been screened at the Cannes, Milan International, and U.S. film markets. Prior to moving to New York City she was a partner in a film production company in Los Angeles, Shoreline Entertainment.
Damber Timsina, B.A., works for the refugee clinic at the International Medical Center of Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He conducts trainings and provides psychosocial services for numerous resettlement agencies in Atlanta, Georgia.