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Lori L. Jervis

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Lori L. Jervis

Headshot of Lori L. Jervis, Professor in the University of Oklahoma's Department of Anthropology

Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1998

Office: Dale Hall Tower 510A // 5 Partners Place 4123

Research Interests

  • Medical anthropology
  • Psychiatric anthropology
  • Applied anthropology
  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Rural health
  • Violence and trauma
  • Anthrozoology
  • Native North America


Dr. Jervis is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and a Co-Director of the Center for Applied Social Research at the University of Oklahoma. A medical anthropologist, gerontologist, and anthrozoologist, she works at the intersection of culture, health, and rurality. She strives to conduct research that is community engaged and collaborative. For over 20 years, Dr. Jervis has worked with tribal members on issues affecting the health of their communities, with projects focused on cognitive and psychiatric disorders; elder mistreatment; and end-of-life care. Dr. Jervis is keenly interested in rural health inequities, with recent projects examining the food environment in a rural tribal context and vaccine hesitancy in Oklahoma. Dr. Jervis’ anthrozoological research focuses largely on human-canine relationships, with projects on free-roaming dogs in a tribal community and on cross-state companion animal rescue networks.

Recent/Significant Publications

Jervis, L. L., Bray, L. A., Cox, D. W., TallBull, G., Lowery, B. C., and Spicer, P. (2022). Food environments and gut microbiome health: Availability of healthy foods, alcohol, and tobacco in a rural Oklahoma tribal community. Discover Food 2 (20).

Bray, L. A., Porter, O., Kim, A., Jervis, L. L. (2022). Collective health behavior and face mask utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic in Oklahoma. Journal of Public Health.

Jervis, L. L., Spicer, P., Foster, W. C., Kelly, J., and Bridge, E. (2019). Resisting extinction: Purple Martins, death, and the future. Conservation & Society 17(3):227-235.

Jervis, L. L., Warren, D., Salois, E. M., Tallbull, G., Ketchum, S., and Spicer, P. (2018). Protectors, aggressors, and kinfolk: Dogs in a tribal community. Anthrozoos 31(3):297-308.

Jervis, L. L., Cullum, C. M, Cox, D., and Manson, S. M. (2018). Dementia Assessment in American Indians. In G. Yeo, L. A. Gerdner, and D. Gallagher-Thompson (Eds.), Ethnicity and the Dementias, Third Edition (pp. 108-123). New York: Routledge.

Cox, D. W. II., and Jervis, L. L. (2018). American Indian perspectives, challenges, and approaches to elder abuse. In P. B. Teaster and J. E. Hall (Eds.), Elder Abuse and the Public's Health (pp. 93-124). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Jervis, L. L., Sconzert-Hall, W., and the Shielding American Indian Elders Project Team. (2017). The conceptualization of mistreatment by older American Indians. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect 29(1):43-58.

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

Curriculum Vitae