Lori L. Jervis


    Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1998

Research Interests

Medical anthropology, psychiatric anthropology, applied anthropology, aging, rural health, violence and trauma, anthrozoology, Native North America.

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 2253 Human and Animal Interaction across Cultures
  • ANTH 4323/5323 Anthropology of Aging
  • ANTH 4673/5673 Psychiatric Anthropology
  • ANTH G5213 Ethnographic Methods
  • ANTH 3930 Fieldwork in Anthropology
  • ANTH G6643 Methods in Living Populations Research
  • ANTH 3253 Applied Anthropology
  • ANTH 5970 Humans, Animals, Natureculture

Contact Information

Office: Dale Hall Tower 510A
Email: lori.jervis@ou.edu 
Phone: (405) 325-7448

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Select Publications

Care and Power Relations in Nursing Homes

Jervis, L. L. (2001). The pollution of incontinence and the dirty work of caregiving in an American nursing home. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 15(1):84-99.

Jervis, L. L. (2002). Working in and around the chain of command: Power relations among nursing staff in an urban nursing home. Nursing Inquiry, 9:12-23.


Dementia in Indigenous Populations

Jervis, L. L., Cullum, C. M, and Manson, S. M. (2006). American Indians, cognitive assessment, and dementia. In G. Yeo and D Gallagher-Thompson (Eds.), Ethnicity and the dementias, Second edition. (pp. 87-101). Routledge. 

Jervis, L. L., Beals, J., Arciniegas, D. B., & Fickenscher, A. (2007). Performance on the Mini-Mental State Examination and Mattis Dementia Rating Scale among older American Indians. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 19(2):173-178

Brown, C. V., Ka`opuaL. S., Jervis, L. L. Alboroto, R., and Trockman, M. L. (2016). United States Indigenous populations and dementia: Is there a case for culture-based psychosocial interventions? The Gerontologist. 10.1093/geront/gnw059.

Boredom, Trauma, and Violence

Jervis, L. L., Spicer, P., Manson, S. M., and the AI-SUPERPFP team. (2003). Boredom, “trouble,” and postcolonial reservation life. Ethos, 31(1):38-58.

Jervis, L. L., and the AI-SUPERPFP team (2009). Disillusionment, faith, and cultural traumatization on a northern plains reservation. Traumatology,15(1):11-22.

Jervis, L. L., Spicer, P., Belcourt-Ditloff, A., Novins, D. K., Sarche, M., Fickenscher, A., and Beals, J. (2014). The social construction of violence among American Indians with Antisocial Personality Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder. Transcultural Psychiatry, 51(1):23-46. DOI: 10.1177/1363461513501710 tps.sagepub.com.

Mistreatment of Native Elders

 Jervis, L. L. (2014). Native elder mistreatment. In R. M. Taylor (Rapporteur), Elder Abuse and Its Prevention: Forum on Global Violence Prevention, Workshop Summary (pp. 75 - 79). Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Jervis, L. L., Fickenscher, A., Beals, J., and the Shielding American Indian Elders Project Team. (2014). Assessment of elder mistreatment in two American Indian samples: Psychometric characteristics of the HS-EAST and the Native Elder Life-Financial Exploitation and Neglect Measure. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 33(3):336-356. 10.1177/0733464812470748.