Ellen E. Kozelka

Academic Appointments

The Robert A. 1925 and Catherine L. McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow

My research interests include the US-México border; the phenomenology of healing; migration and health; ethnographic methods; and global mental health. My previous research focused on therapeutic experience in community-based (non-biomedical) drug treatment in the United-States-Mexico border zone. 

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My ongoing research explores cross-border conceptions of mental illness and substance use as well as their relationship to care-seeking and therapeutic experience.

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Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
M.A. University of California, San Diego
B.A. University of Notre Dame

Selected Publications

Kozelka, Ellen E., Janis H. Jenkins, and Elizabeth Carpenter-Song

In Press. “Advancing Health Equity in Digital Mental Health: Lessons from Medical Anthropology through COVID-19 and Beyond.” JMIR Mental Health.

Kozelka, Ellen E.

2018    “Concepciones culturales del ‘drogadicto’ en la frontera de México-Estados Unidos y la formación del clima de tratamiento en dos centros de rehabilitación Tijuanenses.” In ¿Dejar las drogas con ayuda de Dios?: Experiencias de internamiento en centros de rehabilitación religiosos y espirituales en la región fronteriza de Baja California, edited by Olga Odgers Ortiz and Olga Lidia Olivas Hernández, Pp. 31-54. Tijuana: El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

Kozelka, Ellen E. and Janis H. Jenkins

2017   “Renaming non-communicable diseases.” The Lancet Global Health 5(7):e655. DOI: 10.1016/s2214-109x(17)30211-5.

Jenkins, Janis H. and Ellen E. Kozelka

2017   "Global Mental Health and Psychopharmacology in Precarious Ecologies: Anthropological Considerations for Engagement and Efficacy." In The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health, edited by R White, S Jain, DMR Orr, and U Read. Pp. 151-168. London: Palgrave MacMillan.