Erica Hua Fletcher

Erica Hua Fletcher
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | VA · Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers - MIRECC

PhD in Health Humanities

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The Hearing Voices (HV) Movement promotes diverse understandings of voice-hearing and seeing visions, which mental health professionals commonly refer to as ‘auditory hallucinations,’ ‘schizophrenia,’ or ‘psychosis.’ Central to this movement are peer support groups through which attendees connect with others who have similar experiences. This paper...
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The Anthropology of Mental Health Interest Group affirms that the state of mental health in Academic Anthropology needs serious attention and transformation. We respond to structural inequities in academia that exacerbate mental distress among graduate students and other anthropologists who experience oppression, by putting forward a policy stateme...
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Objective: To evaluate the sustainment of Housing First (HF) implementation in a permanent supportive housing program for homeless-experienced veterans, 5 years after practice implementation. Study setting: From 2016 to 2017, primary data were collected from providers and veterans in the Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive...
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This article describes digital bricolage as a way to study the digital history of a social movement organization. Drawing from our separate research projects on The Icarus Project (TIP), we describe our respective strategies as a health humanities scholar and a journalist to trace the organization's evolution; and our research findings describe TIP...
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Peer respites are short-term residential mental health programs staffed by peers with lived experience of mental distress. This case study examines qualitative data of peer staff and non-peer program directors' experiences working at the first peer respite in California. Throughout a five-year study (2010-2015), researchers conducted 20 semi-struct...
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Just as the patient’s history is important to understanding his or her current situation, an understanding of the social, economic, and political forces that have shaped public psychiatry can offer insight into the public psychiatrist’s contemporary role in the United States. This chapter reviews the many historical factors that shaped the field’s...
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As grassroots user/survivor movements gained traction across the Global North, mental health activists have provided mutual aid for those who consider themselves to be negatively affected by their psychiatrization experiences and for those in search of alternative (non-biopsychiatric) frameworks for understanding mental diversity. In addition to in...
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A focused ethnography aimed to understand organizational dynamics affecting a state-funded pilot peer-operated respite in the Southwest region of the United States of America. Findings from 8 interviews with program directors and peer staff (N = 12), 2 focus group discussions with peer staff (N = 8), and field notes from 198 hours of participant ob...
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This article argues humans should not be defined strictly at their physical boundaries with clear distinctions between anatomical bodies, mental states, and the rest of the world. Rather, diverse mental states, which are often diagnosed as “mental illness,” take shape within greater environmental forces and flows, including those that are construct...
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In describing the foundations of our pedagogical approaches to service-learning, we seek to go beyond the navel-gazing—at times, paralyzing—paradoxes of neoliberal forces, which can do Bgood^ for students and their communities, yet which also call students into further calculative frameworks for understanding the Bvalue^ of pre-health humanities ed...
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Purpose To train Community Health Workers to see themselves as contesting the diagnostic imperatives to treat "mental illness," while recognizing and addressing structural barriers to community mental wellbeing. Method Drawing from an analysis of course material, auto-ethnographic observations of class dynamics, and social theory from Critical Pub...
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As visual technologies become increasingly networked online, websites like YouTube provide a space to share vlogs (video blogs) online, suggest related content for viewers, and help in/form virtual communities, including those of mental illness. Within this space, vlogs of schizophrenia and comments generated about them by other users can represent...
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The United States’ prison systems house more inmates than any other country in the Global North. Since Nixon’s proclamation of a War on Drugs in the 1960s and Ronald Regan’s push to create stricter penalties for drug crimes in the 1980s, prisons have seen an influx of women inmates, with the rate of incarceration increasing six times after this pub...
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Aim: Several novel pharmacogenomic diagnostic tests are commercially available for breast and colorectal cancer, and are increasingly being used in clinical practice for improving treatment decisions. However, there is little evidence evaluating the value of these new genomic technologies from the perspective of patients. As part of an ongoing eff...

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This collection explores qualitative and ethnographic findings from two peer respites housed within county mental health systems. It evaluates the peer respite model within system transformation, describes organizational dynamics, and articulates the affective environments that guests experience during their stay.
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This collection aim to document and theorize my family's experiences engaging in carework around mental distress, immigration, and poverty.
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