Emery Eaves, PhD

Emery Eaves Assistant Professor
Northern Arizona University
Blg 70 Rm #245
Phone: 928-523-6281


  • Chronic Pain
  • Substance Use
  • Harm Reduction
  • Pharmaceuticalization
  • Biological Citizenship
  • Alternative Medicine
  • US Southwest
  • Latin America



  • Anthropological Theory
  • Medical Anthropology


Current Research

“Involving Native Stakeholders in Pain Research Efforts (INSPiRE)” Funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Role: PI 

NIH/NIMHD (National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities) U54-MD012388 Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (Community Engagement Core). PIs: Julie A Baldwin, PhD, and Diane Sterns, PhD (Core PIs: Nicolette Teufel-Shone, PhD and Samantha Sabo, DrPH). Northern Arizona Center for Health Equity Research. Role: Co-Investigator 

“Ethnographic Assessment of American Indian Mothers/Parents’ Decision Making Related to Donation of Cord Blood to Public Cord Blood Banks.”Funded byArizona Biomedical Research Commission. Role: Co-PI 


Selected Publications

Eaves, E., Amy Howerter, Mark Nichter, Lysbeth Floden, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Judith Gordon, Myra Muramoto. (2017). Implementation of tobacco cessation brief intervention in complementary and alternative medicine practice: qualitative evaluation. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 23(17):331-338 

Eaves, E., Mark Nichter, Amy Howerter, Lysbeth Floden, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Judith Gordon, Myra Muramoto. (2016). “Printed Educational Materials’ Impact on Tobacco Cessation Brief Interventions in CAM Practice: Patient and Practitioner Experiences.” Health Promotion Practice. 17(6):862-870

Eaves, E. M. Nichter, and C. Ritenbaugh. (2016). Ways of hoping: Navigating the paradox of hope and despair in chronic pain. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 40(1):35-58.

Eaves, E. (2015). "Just Advil": Harm reduction and identity construction in the use of over-the-counter pain medication among people living with chronic pain. Social Science and Medicine 146:147-154.

Eaves, E., Mark Nichter, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Elizabeth Sutherland, Samuel F Dworkin. (2015). “Works of Illness and the Challenges of Social Risk and the Specter of Pain in the Lived Experience of TMD.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 29(2):157-177

Eaves, E., Karen J Sherman, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Clarissa Hsu, Mark Nichter, Judith A Turner, Daniel C Cherkin. (2015). A Qualitative Study of Changes in Expectations Over Time Among Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain Seeking Four CAM Therapies. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 15(1):12

Eaves, E., Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Mark Nichter, Allison Hopkins, Karen J Sherman. (2014). Modes of Hoping: Understanding hope and expectation in the context of a CAM clinical trial. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing. 10(4):225-232

Bletzer, Keith V, Nicole P Yuan, Mary P Koss, E. Eaves, David Goldman. (2011). Taking Humor Seriously: Talking About Drinking in Native American Focus Groups. Medical Anthropology. 30(3): 295–318.

Yuan, Nicole P, E. Eaves, Mary P Koss, Mona Polacca, Keith Bletzer, David Goldman. (2010). “Alcohol Is Something That Been With Us Like a Common Cold”: Community Perceptions of American Indian Drinking. Substance Use & Misuse. 45(12): 1909–1929.



Camping, backpacking, river-rafting, photography, and hanging out with my two little boys