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PhD, Committee on Human Development
The University of Chicago
University of Illinois
Lecturer in Medical Anthropology
Medical anthropology, cultural psychiatry, mind/self/personhood, clinical ethnography, severe mental illness, stigma, healing, ritual, postcolonial revitalization movements, family life and comparative human development, Native North Americans, African Diaspora societies, Bhutan
I lecture on Medical Anthropology and the Anthropology of Religion.
My research in Medical Anthropology combines ethnographic and clinical frames of reference to develop a culturally inclusive understanding of health and illness, especially in the areas of mental health and understandings of “the normal,” the use and abuse of psychoactive substances, and the connections between mental health systems and religious or ritual systems.
My ethnographic fieldwork includes two years within the Navajo Nation studying a healing movement called the Native American Church, several months spent in Haiti attending spirit possession rituals, several years studying illness stigma and recovery efforts among persons with severe mental illness in Chicago, and work on an ethnographic study of patient experiences at various teaching hospitals in the area of Boston, Massachusetts.
My latest field sites are in the UK (where I have studied patients’ experiences of end of life care, stroke care, and intensive care) and in the Kingdom of Bhutan, where I recently spent two months combining fieldwork with volunteer work at the country’s National Referral Hospital.
I am interested in interdisciplinary studies. My training and research have been marked by a purposeful oscillation between anthropological and clinical disciplines, which I have found very useful in clarifying the nature and limitations of each, allowing a greater reflexivity in practice within each discipline. During my doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, I combined training in health-related anthropology (including long-term fieldwork) with training in clinical psychology. I then completed separate Clinical Psychology and Medical Anthropology fellowships at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining the faculty at UCL, I was the Cannon Fellow in Patient Experiences and Health Policy at Green Templeton College, Oxford.
I have published in the areas of medical anthropology, anthropology of ritual, clinical psychology, and severe mental illness. My publications on healing cover a diverse range of therapeutic interventions, including systems of traditional medicine, healing rituals, hospital-based care, psychotherapy, and self-help. I am currently in the process of publishing a book that I have completed based on my Navajo fieldwork called A Different Medicine: Postcolonial Healing in the Native American Church.
For more information and publication reprints, please visit www.josephdcalabrese.com.
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Calabrese, Joseph D. 2011. "The Culture of Medicine" as Revealed in Patients' Perspectives on Psychiatric Treatment. In Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sarah S. Willen, Seth Donal Hannah, Ken Vickery, and Lawrence Taeseng Park (Eds). Shattering Culture: American Medicine Responds to Cultural Diversity. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Calabrese, Joseph D. 2008. Clinical Paradigm Clashes: Ethnocentric and Political Barriers to Native American Efforts at Self-Healing. Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 36(3): 334-353. (also reprinted in Robert A. LeVine’s book Psychological Anthropology: A Reader on Self in Culture)
Calabrese, Joseph D. 2007. The Therapeutic Use of Peyote in the Native American Church. In M. Winkelman and T. Roberts (Eds.), Psychedelic Medicine. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger.
Calabrese, Joseph D. and Patrick W. Corrigan. 2005. Beyond Dementia Praecox: Findings from Long-Term Follow-up Studies of Schizophrenia. In R. Ralph and P. Corrigan (Eds.), Recovery in Mental Illness: Broadening Our Understanding of Wellness. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Calabrese, Joseph D. 2001. The Supreme Court versus Peyote: Consciousness Alteration, Cultural Psychiatry and the Dilemma of Contemporary Subcultures. Anthropology of Consciousness 12(2):4-19.
Calabrese, Joseph D. 1994. Reflexivity and Transformation Symbolism in the Navajo Peyote Meeting. Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 22(4): 494-527.
Corrigan, Patrick W. and Joseph D. Calabrese. 2004. Strategies for Assessing and Diminishing Self-Stigma. In P. Corrigan (Ed.), On the Stigma of Mental Illness: Practical Strategies for Research and Social Change. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Corrigan, Patrick W., Joseph D. Calabrese, Sarah E. Diwan, Cornelius B. Keogh, Lorraine Keck & Carol Mussey. 2002. Some Recovery Processes in Mutual-Help Groups for Persons with Mental Illness I: Qualitative Analysis of Program Materials and Testimonies. Community Mental Health Journal 38(4):287-301.
Corrigan, Patrick W. and Joseph D. Calabrese. 2003. Cognitive Therapy and Schizophrenia. In M. Reinecke & D. Clark (Eds.), Cognitive Therapy across the Lifespan: Evidence and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.