Ellen E. Kozelka

|Research Associate
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. 

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.

    2022. “The Guard’s Dilemma: Social Roles and Therapeutic Experience for Inpatient-Guards in Tijuana’s Community-Based Addiction Treatment.” Ethos.  https://doi.org/10.1111/etho.12326

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

    2021. “Advancing Health Equity in Digital Mental Health: Lessons from Medical Anthropology through COVID-19 and Beyond.” JMIR Ment Health 8 (8):e28555. doi: 10.2196/28555.

  • 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.

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