Carla Pezzia, Ph.D.

Professional Affiliations
Society for Applied Anthropology member, American Anthropology Association member

Research Affiliations
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, Community Assistance Research (UD/UTSW collaboration)

Areas of Expertise

global health, health disparities, cultural dimensions of mental illness, alcoholism and recovery, Latin America, research methods.


B.A., University of North Texas
M.P.H, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio

Academic Appointments

Member-at-Large, National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Governing Council (2015-2017)
Chair, Human Rights and Social Justice Committee of the Society for Applied Anthropology (2013-2015)
Assistant Editor, Society for Applied Anthropology Newsletter (2008-2010)

Recent Courses

HUSC 3331: Conceptual Foundations of Human Sciences
HUSC 3311: Arts in Contemporary Cultures
HUSC 3332: Junior Seminar/Anthropological Methods
HUSC 3V50/BIO 3V42.02: Global Public Health
HUSC 3V50/HIS 4357: Peoples of Latin America

Selected Publications

Pruitt SL, Leonard T, Xuan L, Amory R, Nguyen OK, Pezzia C, Swales S. (In press). Who are the food insecure? Implications for targeted recruitment and outreach. Preventing Chronic Disease.

Pezzia, Carla 2016, When your method fails: stumbling upon new questions. Medical Anthropology Theory, Dissertating section.

Pezzia, Carla 2015, Engaging Mental Health Care in a Disengaged System. In Anita Chary & Peter Rohloff (Eds.), Privatization and the New Medical Pluralism: Shifting Healthcare Landscapes in Maya Guatemala (pp. 121-136). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Leykum Luci, Chesser Hannah, Lanham Holly, Pezzia Carla, Palmer Ray, Ratcliffe Temple, Reisinger Heather, Agar Michael, Pugh Jacqueline 2015, The Association Between Sensemaking During Physician Team Rounds and Hospitalized Outcomes. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2015: 1-7.