Lori L. Jervis is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma in the Department of Anthropology and a Director of the Center for Applied Social Research.
A cultural and medical anthropologist, she works at the intersection of culture, psychiatry, and gerontology.
Much of her research focuses on American Indian mental health. Dr. Jervis has conducted research on cognitive impairment and psychiatric disorders; nursing homes and institutional care; post-colonial cultural dislocation and trauma; and elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
Dr. Jervis' research portfolio includes vulnerable populations such as persons with chronic mental illness and those living in rural areas who experience unequal access to high quality food and health care. She also specializes in human-animal interaction across cultures, with particular emphasis on human-canine and human-avian relationships.