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Emery Eaves

About Emery Eaves

Emery R Eaves, a recent graduate of the SoA, completed her PhD in Sociocultural anthropology with an emphasis in medical anthropology. She is from Flagstaff, Arizona and completed her BA in anthropology at Northern Arizona University. She is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Arizona Dept. of Family and Community Medicine. Emery's research has focused on the lived experience of chronic pain, over-the-counter medication use, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM. She has been focused particularly on the maintenance of hope and views towards and uses of western pharmaceuticals in conjunction with CAM therapies. Emery is also an avid photographer, backpacker, bicyclist, baker, and mom.

Selected Publications

Eaves, Emery R, Mark Nichter, Cheryl Ritenbaugh. (In Press) Multiple Ways of Hoping and Naviting of the Paradox of Hope in Chronic Pain. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry

Eaves, Emery R, Mark Nichter, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Elizabeth Sutherland, and Samuel F Dworkin. (2015) Works of Illness and paradoxes confronting individuals living with TMD. Medical Anthropology Quarterly.  Pre-print version available online.

Eaves, Emery R., Karen J Sherman, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Clarissa Hsu, Mark Nichter, Judith A Turner, Daniel C Cherkin. (2015) A Qualitative Study of Changes in Expectations Over Time Among Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain Seeking Four CAM Therapies. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 15(1):12

Eaves, Emery R, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Mark Nichter, Allison Hopkins, Karen J Sherman. (2014) Modes of Hoping: Understanding hope and expectation in the context of a CAM clinical trial.EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing. 10(4):225-232


Courses Taught

ANTH 310: Culture and the Individual



"HEAT: Heat Extremes Assessment Task" PI: Ben McMahan, PhD. University of Arizona Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS)

“Exploring Patient Expectations of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Study” PI: Karen J Sherman, PhD, MPH and Cheryl Ritenbaugh, PhD, MPH. University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine 

“Traditional Chinese Medicine for Temporomandibular Disorders” PI: Cheryl Ritenbaugh, PhD, MPH.University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine

Research Interests

Sociocultural and Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of Pharmaceuticals, Anthropology of Hope and Expectancy, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), Lived experience of Chronic Pain, Contemporary United States, Latin America

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Contact Information

Telephone: 520-626-7974


2015 PhD Sociocultural Medical Anthropology. University of Arizona.

2007 MA Sociocultural Medical Anthropology. University of Arizona.

2003 BA Anthropology. Northern Arizona University.