Emery R. Eaves, PhD
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Research Focus: Behavioral health, prescription drug abuse, self-medication, cultural influences on medication adherence and patient-provider interaction.
Background Accordion Closed
Dr. Eaves is an NAU professor and medical anthropologist whose research has focused on how stigma, family expectations, and cultural roles can influence health decision-making in the contexts of chronic pain, self-medication, and tobacco use in Arizona, and alcohol use among American Indian populations. She is the chair of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Special Interest Group and a member of the Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study group of the Society for Medical Anthropology.
Current projects Accordion Closed
Dr. Eaves is engaged in improving chronic pain care and reducing opioid overuse among diverse and underserved populations in northern Arizona. She is also working to understand the role of different medical cultures in the implementation of integrated care (integrated behavioral health and physical health), and is investigating attitudes and decision-making related to cord blood donation among disadvantaged mothers/parents in Arizona.