Anthropology Department Directory


Neely Myers

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. 2009 University of Chicago
Heroy Hall 455

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Psychological Anthropology
  • Psychiatric Anthropology
  • Public Anthropology
  • Health and Health Care
  • Global Mental Health
  • Madness and Recovery
  • Trauma
  • Mixed Methods
  • Social Inequality
  • North America
  • Tanzania
  • Costa Rica

Recent Happenings

Dr. Myers is the recent recipient of National Institute of Mental Health Grant (R03) to investigate ethnographically decision-making for young people after an initial episode of psychosis.

Courses Taught

ANTH 2301 - Introductory Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3306 - Introduction to Medical Anthropology
ANTH 7333 - Data Analysis


Neely Myers (Ph.D. 2009, University of Chicago) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University as of August 2014. She is a sociocultural anthropologist working at the intersections of medical and psychiatric anthropology among underserved people in low-resource settings in the US and (preliminarily) indigenous groups in East Africa and Costa Rica. Her interests lie at the intersections of culture, gender, global mental health, madness, trauma, neuroanthropology, health disparities, and human rights. Before coming to SMU, Dr. Myers taught courses at the University of Chicago and the George Washington University. Dr. Myers new book, tentatively titled Right to Recovery: Madness, Moral Agency and Mental Health, is expected from Vanderbilt University Press in 2015.

She has published articles in Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. Alternative Therapies in Clinical Practice, Psychiatry Research, Schizophrenia Research, Annals of Anthropological Practice, and Current Psychiatry Reports. She has several chapters forthcoming in edited volumes, as well, most recently a piece in Community Health Narratives (forthcoming University of New Mexico Press, 2014). Right to Recovery is based on three years of ethnographic research on people's efforts to achieve "recovery" from serious emotional distress is participants in America's public mental health care system. The book unpacks the ways American values become embedded in treatment discourses, and set a high bar for people struggling to recover amidst incredibly stressful everyday circumstances. Dr. Myers also completed a three-year, NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in complementary and alternative medicine in conjunction with the University of Virginia's School of Nursing and Georgetown University's Department of Psychiatry. While there, she conducted qualitative research on women who had experienced intimate partner violence and veterans using mindfulness-based interventions to cope with trauma. Several publications have resulted from this project and more are on the way. Dr. Myers was also recently funded by the Nathan Kline Institute's Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts to investigate ethnographically the ways people cultivate moral agency in the context of peer mental health services, and some of this work is currently under review. Finally, with the funding from the Elliott School of International Affairs' Institute of Global and International Studies, Dr. Myers recently completed a new field project on women, development, and mental health in Tanzania. With recent funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (R03), Dr. Myers will also investigate how young people with early psychosis in the Dallas area make decisions to engage or not engage in early treatment. Dr. Myers is an elected member (2013-2016) of the American Anthropological Association's Committee on Ethics. Dr. Myers is also part of the editorial board at Somatosphere (

Selected Publications

2013 Bermudez, D., Benjamin, M.T., Porter, S.E., Saunders, P.A., Myers, N., Dutton, M.A. "Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Women with PTSD and a History of Intimate Partner Violence: the Clinical Implications of Narrative Changes during the Intervention." Alternative Therapies in Clinical Practice, 9(2): 104-108.

2013 Cristofaro, S.L., Cleary, S.D., Wan, C.R., Broussard, B., Chapman, C., Haggard, P.J., Jananeh, S., Myers, N., Compton, M.T. Measuring Trauma and Stressful Events in Childhood and Adolescence among Patients with First-Episode Psychosis: Initial Factor Structure, Reliability, and Validity of the Trauma Experiences Checklist. Psychiatry Research 210: 618-625.

2013 Broussard, B., Kelley, M.E., Wan, C.R., Cristofaro, S.L., Crisafio, A., Haggard, P.J., Myers, N., Reed, T., Compton, M.T. Demographic, socio-environmental, and substance-related predictors of duration of untreated psychosis (DUP). Schizophrenia Research 148(1-3): 93-8.

2012 Myers., N. "Towards an Applied Neuoanthropology of Psychosis: The Interplay of Culture, Brains, and Experience." Annals of Anthropological Practice, Special Issue: Neuroanthropology and its Applications, 36(1): 113-130.

2011 Myers, N. "Update: Schizophrenia across Cultures." Current Psychiatry Reports. 13(4): 305-311.

2010 Myers, N. "Culture, Stress and Recovery from Schizophrenia: Lessons from the field for global mental health." Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 34(3) 500-528.

Book Chapters

In Press Myers, N. "The Ties that Bind." For Community Health Narratives. Mendenhall, Emily, and Kathy Wollner, Eds. University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque. IN PRESS.

Memberships and Affiliations

American Anthropological Association
Society for Medical Anthropology
Society for Psychological Anthropology