Dr Julia Brown

PhD, BSc, BA (Hons1)
Visiting Fellow at SoAA
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, and ANU College of Business and Economics

Areas of expertise

  • Anthropology 1601
  • Mental Health 111714
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117

Research interests

social anthropology, medical anthropology, psychiatric anthropology, drugs, trauma, health behaviour, phenomenology, vulnerable populations, public health policy, public anthropology


I am a medical and psychiatric anthropologist who was the first ethnographer to conduct fieldwork in a clozapine-only treatment clinic for chronic schizophrenia. My PhD investigated the lived experiences of clozapine clients and their clinical caregivers in Australia and the United Kingdom. My research demonstrated that health agency is evident under highly structured biological and social conditions. 

I am committed to doing research that involves community engagement. I am the Digital Editor and co-founder of The Familiar Strange, a podcast and blog. I have worked in government public health policy, conducted interdisciplinary research, and taught academic skills to undergraduate and postgraduate students. 


Researcher's projects

  • 'The Secret of Schizophrenia: Stories of Recovery in Australia' - a public outreach project with Dr Gabrielle Carey

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