I am an anthropologist studying adult play and depression. I specialize in psychological & medical anthropology. My mixed methods research makes an important contribution to anthropological theory on the subject of adult play, the risks and benefits of playing, and play’s role in adult development and depression.
I am currently working at the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society on a project about depression called Community Partners in Care. I will be teaching Anthro 135 Introduction to Psychological Anthropology at UCLA in Winter 2017.
I conduct research on adult play and transformative experiences at Burning Man. Follow this link for recent blogs presenting mixed methods research on Burning Man produced through the collaborative partnership I established with the Burning Man community and various social scientists. To learn more about this collaborative research, follow this link for a recent story about one peer-reviewed publication on emotional regulation at Burning Man. And in this anthology on American culture, you will find an ethnographic piece I wrote on ritual at Burning Man.