Anthropology Department Directory


Neely Myers

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. 2009 University of Chicago
Heroy Hall 455

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Psychological Anthropology
  • Psychiatric Anthropology
  • Public Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Care
  • Health Services Research
  • Madness, Trauma and Recovery
  • Mixed Methods
  • Social Inequality
  • North America
  • Tanzania

Recent Happenings

Dr. Myers is the recent recipient of National Institute of Mental Health research award and Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Research award to investigate ethnographically decision-making for young people after an initial psychiatric emergency hospitalization. She is also engaged in ongoing fieldwork on mental health in Northern Tanzania supported by the SMU University Research Council.

Courses Taught

ANTH 2301 - Introductory Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3303 - Self, Culture and Mind: Introduction to Psychological Anthropology
ANTH 3306 - Introduction to Medical Anthropology
ANTH 5344 - Research Methods in Ethnology
ANTH 6317 - Special Topics: The Good Life? Crisis, Care and Recovery from an Anthropological Perspective
ANTH 6317 - Special Topics: Global Mental Health
ANTH 7333 - Data Analysis


Neely Myers (Ph.D. 2009, University of Chicago) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. She is a sociocultural anthropologist focused on medical, psychological and psychiatric anthropology. Before coming to SMU, Dr. Myers taught courses at the University of Chicago and the George Washington University.

Dr. Myers' new book, Recovery's Edge: An Ethnography of Mental Health Care and Moral Agency is available from Vanderbilt University Press. She has also published 20 peer-reviewed book chapters and articles, including pieces in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Psychiatric ServicesCulture, Medicine and Psychiatry, Transcultural Psychiatry, and the Annals of Anthropological Practice. Myers has also served as an elected member (2013-2016) of the American Anthropological Association's Committee on Ethics and is part of the editorial board at Somatosphere (


2015 Myers, N. Recovery's Edge: An Ethnography of Mental Health Care and Moral Agency.* Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. * Reviews available from Medical Anthropology Quarterly and Somatosphere.

Selected Journal Articles

2016 Myers, N. & Tali Ziv. "'No one ever even asked me that before': Autobiographical Power, Social Defeat and Recovery among African American Men with Lived Experience of Psychosis." Medical Anthropology Quarterly 30(3): 395-413. DOI: 10.1111/maq.12288.

2016 Myers, N. "Reflections on the Anthropology of Public Psychiatry: The Potential and Limitations of Transdisciplinary Work." In Special Issue: Practical Anthropology for a Global Public Psychiatry (editors: Neely Myers, Kim Hopper and Rebecca Lester). Transcultural Psychiatry 53(4):419-426.

2016 "Recovery Stories: An Anthropological Exploration of Moral Agency in Stories of Mental Health Recovery." In Special Issue: Practical Anthropology for a Global Public Psychiatry (editors: Neely Myers, Kim Hopper and Rebecca Lester). Transcultural Psychiatry 53(4):427-444.

2016 Griffith, J., Myers, N., and Compton, M.T. "How Can Community Religious Groups Aid Recovery for Individuals with Psychotic Illnesses Globally?" Community Mental Health Journal. 52: 775-780. DOI: 10.1007/S10597-015-9974-1.

2016 Myers, N., Alolayan, Y., Smith, K., Broussard, B. & Compton, M.T. "'Meaningful Day' as a Recovery Construct: A Mixed Methods Study." Community Mental Health Journal. 52:747-756. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-015-9971-4.

2015 Myers, N., Lewis, S.E., and Dutton, M.A. "Open Minds, Open Hearts: An Anthropological Study of the Therapeutics of Meditation for Trauma." Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 39:487-504.

2015 Myers, N., Alolayan, Y., Smith, K., Moore, A., Broussard, B., Haynes, N., Compton, M.T. "A Potential Role for Family Members in Mental Health Service Delivery: the Family Community Navigation Specialist." Psychiatric Services 66(6): 653-655.

2014 Myers, N., Bhatty, S., Broussard, B. & Compton, M.T. "Clinical Correlates of Treatment Disengagement in First-Episode Psychosis." Clinical Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses, 2014, Nov 3:1-21, epub ahead of print.

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 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.

2013 Bermudez, D., Benjamin, M.T., Porter, S.E., Saunders, P.A., Myers, N.A., Dutton, M.A. "A Qualitative Analysis of Beginning Mindfulness Experiences for Women with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a History of Intimate Partner Violence." Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 19(2): 104-108.

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.

Book Chapters

2016 Myers, N. "Psychosis in the United States." For Our Most Troubling Madness, Tanya Marie Luhrmann and Jocelyn Morrow, eds. Berkeley: University of California Press.

2015 Myers, N. "Chapter 17: Shared Humanity" among Nonspecialist Peer Care Providers for Persons Living with Psychosis: Implications for Global Mental Health." In Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives. Kohrt, Brandon, and Emily Mendenhall, Eds. Left Coast Press.

2015 Myers, N. "Diagnosing Psychosis-Scientific Uncertainty, Locally and Globally." For Diagnostic Controversy: Cultural Perspectives on Competing Knowledge in Healthcare." Smith-Morris, Carolyn, Ed. Routledge: New York.

2015 Myers, N. "The Ties that Bind." For Community Health Narratives. Mendenhall, Emily, and Kathy Wollner, Eds. University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque.

Memberships and Affiliations

American Anthropological Association
Society for Medical Anthropology
Society for Psychological Anthropology