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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 at the University of Oklahoma in the Department of Anthropology and a Co-Director of the Center for Applied Social Research. A cultural and medical anthropologist as well as a gerontologist, she works at the intersection of culture, psychiatry, and gerontology. Dr. Jervis' research focuses primarily on American Indian health and mental health. She 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. Her work has also focused on underserved rural populations with unequal access to health/mental health care and high quality food. Most recently she has conducted research on end-of-life services in tribal communities, as well as responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in rural tribal and nontribal communities. Dr. Jervis also conducts research on human-animal interaction across cultures, with particular emphasis on human-canine (free-roaming dogs) and human-avian relationships.

Recent/Significant Publications

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. doi: 10.4103/cs.cs_18_37

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. doi: 10.1080/08927936.2018.1455452

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. doi: 10.1080/08946566.2016.1249816

Jervis, L. L., Hamby, S., Beach, S. R., Williams, M. L., Maholmes, V. and Castille, D.M. (2016). Elder mistreatment in underserved populations: Opportunities and challenges to developing a contemporary program of research. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect 28(4-5): 301-319. doi: 10.1080/08946566.2016.1245644.

Brown, C. V., Ka`opua, L. 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 57(6):1011-1019. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw059

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. doi: 10.1177/0733464812470748.

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

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.

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