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The Australian National University

Ms Julia Brown

Position: PhD candidate in Anthropology

School or Centre: Anthropology


Ms Julia E H Brown, PhD Candidate Anthropology

Tentative thesis title: Experiences of Self and Health in Schizophrenia Treatment 

Research Interests

Research Interests: My current research concerns embodied experiences of clozapine treated schizophrenia patients, in a biomedical context. My fieldwork is based in 'clozapine clinics' in Australia and the UK. I investigate how conceptions and dichotomies of health materialise and are lived through, particularly how people subscribing to regular physiological monitoring during periods of mental health stability conceive of drug side-effects and risks pertaining to an 'unhealthy' or 'immoral’ body. Further to this, I am interested in public health policy outcomes for marginalised groups, social inequities in health, and the philosophy of medicine, particularly psychiatry.



Brown, JEH & Dennis, S. 2017. Actively Negotiating the Mind-Body Divide: how clozapine-treated schizophrenia patients make health for themselves. Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry doi:10.1007/s11013-016-9517-4 

Brown, JEH, Mezquida G & Fernandez-Egea. 2016. Well-being in clozapine-treated schizophrenia patients: the significance of positive symptoms. Comprehensive Psychiatry 68:140-146.

Conference papers:

Reclaiming Space and Rationality: "vaping" for health during schizophrenia treatment. AAS 2016 Conference: Anthropocene Transitions, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, December 2016

Temporality & self-as-being in the course of treatment for chronic schizophrenia.Cambridge AHRC DTP Conference, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, September 2016

Experiences of self and health in schizophrenia treatment: online health communication. Health Wellness and Society Conference: Health and Wellness in the Age of Big Data, Madrid, Spain, September 2015

Accessing a clinically vulnerable population: practicing critical, non-clinical medical anthropology. Australian Anthropological Society 2015 Conference: Moral Horizons, Melbourne, Australia, December 2015

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