About Veronica Przybyl
I am a (mostly) native Tucsonan who found her way back to this town after being away for several years. In my absence, I received a BA in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Southern California, took some time off from school only to realize that it's no fun working for minimum wage, then moved to Atlanta to work on my MA at Georgia State University.
I received my MA in applied anthropology after writing a master's thesis on anorexia and bulimia. Through this topic, I became more generally interested in the area of mental health, particularly in the western biomedical context. For my dissertation I would like to explore how we categorize, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders in western biomedicine, addressing issues such as increasing medicalization, increasing pharmaceuticalization, and alternative treatment pathways. I am especially interested in expressive arts therapy as an alternative or complementary treatment for mental health diagnoses.
Instructor: ANTH 366A Nutritional Anthropology
Teaching Assistant: ANTH 160D Origins of Human Diversity, ANTH 170C Human Variation in the Modern World, ANTH 395B Anthropological Contributions to Global Heatlh Challenges
medical anthropology, western biomedicine, mental health, medicalization, pharmaceuticalization