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Kathryn Law Hale

Contact Information

Email    halek@ucla.edu
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Fields of Study

Psychological and Medical Anthropology; Linguistic Anthropology


Cross-cultural perception of mental illness and pharmaceutical medications; family care and coping; clinical trials; biomedicine; embodiment; narrative; U.S.A.; Mexico


Kathryn L. Hale. "Family Life and Social Medicine: Discourses and Discontents Surrounding Puebla's Psychiatric Care." Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry (2017). link

Deidre M. Edwards, Kathryn L. Hale, Rachel E. Maddux, and Mark H. Rapaport. CH 104: Anxiolytic Drugs. Psychiatry, Third Edition. A Tasman, J. Kay, J. Lieberman, M. First, and M. Maj, eds. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (April 2008).

Conference Presentations

Kathryn L. Hale.  "Ecologies of Care and the Desire to Be Más Tranquilo."  Talk presented as part of a double panel entitled, "Culture-bound syndromes, idioms of distress, and cultural concepts of distress:  New directions for an old concept in psychological anthropology," at the Biennial Meeting for the Society for Psychological Anthropology, New Orleans, LA.  March 11, 2017.

Kathryn L. Hale. Neural Networks & Social Networks: Psychiatric Care in the Hospital in Puebla, Mexico. Talk presented at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting, Washington, DC. December 3, 2014.

Zorash Montano, Kathryn L. Hale , Ava Casados, Tracy Cerda, and Steven Lopez. "Conceptions of Culture: Pre and Post Shifting Cultural Lenses Training." Talk accepted as part of the symposium, "Early Findings in the Evaluation of the Shifting Cultural Lenses Model of Cultural Competence," at the National Latino Psychological Association, New Brunswick, NJ. October 11-13, 2012. 

Kathryn L. Hale. "Manufacturing Mood, Manipulating Motivation." Talk presented at the Biennial Conference of the Society for Psychological Anthropology, presented on March 31, 2011 as part of the panel entitled "Engaging the DSM: Cross-cultural interrogations of diagnostic categories." 

Kathryn L. Hale. "Gnosis & Diagnosis of Depression in an American Setting." Talk presented at the 2010 Conference/ Workshop Series on Culture & Mind at UCSD. 

Mark H. Rapaport, Kathryn L. Hale, Margaret A. Koury, Andrew Shubov, and Catherine J. Bresee. The role of oxytocin, vasopressin and cortisol in the beneficial effects of massage. Society of Biological Psychiatry 2008 Poster Presentation, Washington, D.C.


Thomas Weisner (Chair) 
Elinor Ochs 
Linda Garro 
Elizabeth Bromley (UCLA Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)
Steven Lopez


B.A. Anthropology, Emory University (2006)
M.A. Anthropology, University of California Los Angeles (2010)