Janis H. Jenkins
Janis H. Jenkins, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA and post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jenkins has been Principal Investigator for a series of studies funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. At NIMH, she served three full terms as Member of Scientific Review Groups and has provided extensive Program consultation for the Institute. She is a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and has held Visiting Professorships worldwide. Her research expertise is in the areas of global mental health, medical and psychological anthropology, gender and mental health, refugee mental health, and adolescent mental health. Over the course of three decades, her interdisciplinary research teams have carried out studies with families in homes and communities to empirically identify social, cultural, and psychopharmacological factors related to relapse and recovery in schizophrenia, depression, and psychological trauma. Currently, she is PI for an interdisciplinary study of adolescent mental health and well-being in Mexico. Dr. Jenkins has mentored postdoctoral fellows in medicine and anthropology, graduate and medical students, as well as undergraduates in Global Health. She has over 75 publications in the medical and social sciences, in addition to two influential edited volumes: Schizophrenia, Culture, and Subjectivity: The Edge of Experience (with R.J. Barrett, 2004) and Pharmaceutical Self: The Global Shaping of Experience in an Age of Psychopharmacology (2010). In September 2015, the University of California Press published her ethnographic monograph entitled Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experience in Mental Illness.