What is stigma? And how does it affect a person’s mental health and quality of life? In today’s Psych Central Podcast, Gabe talks with anthropologists Alex Brewis and Amber Wutich about the deeply dehumanizing impact of stigma in society. Whether it’s your mental health diagnosis, your neighborhood, your race or your inability to meet society’s standards in some way, stigma is alive and well in today’s world. People even tend to stigmatize themselves, intensifying their suffering.
Why are people so quick to stigmatize? And how does stigma affect mental health treatment? Tune into the show for an in-depth look at how humans tend to label others (and themselves) — often without even thinking about it.
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Guest information for ‘Alex Brewis & Amber Wutich – Lazy, Crazy, and Disgusting’ Podcast Episode
Alexandra Brewis (Slade) is a President’s Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Global Health at ASU.
Trained as an anthropologist, Alex’s scholarship is currently focused on how stigma, poverty, gender and other forms of social and economic exclusion and marginalization shape our health and human biology. With a long career of leading mixed-method community-based field research at multiple sites across the globe, much of her current research brings together large and diverse teams, addressing such challenges as water insecurity, improving development project design and monitoring, and properly tailored anti-obesity efforts.
At ASU, Brewis Slade teaches global health and anthropology. She is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow and currently serves as president of the Human Biology Association. As an administrator at ASU, she founded the Center for Global Health in 2006 and served as Director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (2010-2017) and Associate Vice President for Social Sciences (2014-2017). She currently serves as President