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Linda Garro


Contact Information

Email    lgarro@anthro.ucla.edu
Office  316A Haines
Phone  310-206-6249


Ph.D. Psychology, Duke University (1982); Ph.D. Social Sciences, University of California Irvine (1983)


Distinguished Teaching Award, with a citation for Distinction in Graduate Teaching, Academic Senate, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008. 

Stirling Award for Contributions to Psychological Anthropology, Society for Psychological Anthropology, American Anthropological Association, 1999. 

National Health Research Scholar, National Health Research and Development Program of Canada (five-year career award).

Selected Publications

Books & Edited Volumes

Mattingly, Cheryl and Garro, L.C. (eds.) 2000 Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Young, James C. and Garro, L.C. 1994 Medical Choice in a Mexican Village. Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland Press. Reissue with changes of a book by the same title published in 1981 by Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Garro, L.C. and Mattingly, C. (guest editors) 1994 Narrative Representations of Illness and Healing. Social Science and Medicine 38 (6).

Garro, L.C. (guest editor) 1992 The Ethnography of Health Care Decisions. Social Science and Medicine 16(16).

Papers (selected)

Garro, L.C. 2011 Enacting Ethos, Enacting Health: Realizing Health in the Everyday Life of a California Family of Mexican Descent. Ethos 39:300-330.

Garro, L.C. 2011 Trouble as Part of Everyday Life: Cognitive and Sociocultural Processes in Avoiding and Responding to Illness. In: A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology, David Kronenfeld, Giovanni Bernardo, Victor de Munck, and Michael Fischer (eds.), pp. 531-547. Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing.

Garro, L.C. 2010 Beyond the Reproduction of Official Accounts: Parental Accounts Concerning Health and the Daily Life of a California Family. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 24:472-499.

Garro, L.C. 2010 By the Will of Others or by One’s Own Action. In: Toward an Anthropology of the Will. K. Murphy and C.J. Throop (eds.), pp. 69-100. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Garro, L.C. and K.E. Yarris, 2009 “A Massive Long Way”: Interconnecting Histories, a "Special Child," ADHD, and Everyday Family Life. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 33:559-607.

Lakes, K., López, S., and Garro, L.C. 2006 Cultural Competence and Psychotherapy: Applying Anthropologically Informed Conceptions of Culture. Psychotherapy, 43: 380-396.

Garro, L.C. 2005 “Effort After Meaning” in Everyday Life. In: A Companion to Psychological Anthropology: Modernity and Psychocultural Change.

Conerly Casey and Robert B. Edgerton (eds.), pp. 48-71, Malden, MA & Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.

Garro, L.C. 2003 Narrating Troubling Experiences. Transcultural Psychiatry. 40:5-44.

Garro, L.C. 2001 The Remembered Past in a Culturally Meaningful Life: Remembering as Cultural, Social and Cognitive Process. In The Psychology of Cultural Experience. C. Moore and H. Mathews (eds.), pp. 105-147. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Garro, L.C. 2000 Stirling Award Essay: Remembering What One Knows and the Construction of the Past: A Comparison of Cultural Consensus Theory and Cultural Schema Theory. Ethos 28:275-319.

Garro, L.C. and Mattingly, C. 2000 Narrative as Construct and Construction. In Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing.

C. Mattingly and L. Garro (eds.), pp. 1-49, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. Garro, L.C. 2000 Cultural Knowledge as Resource in Illness Narratives: Remembering Through Accounts of Illness. In Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing.

C. Mattingly and L. Garro (eds.), pp. 70-87. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Garro, L.C. 2000 Cultural Meaning, Explanations of Illness, and the Development of Comparative Frameworks. Ethnology 39: 305-34.

Garro, L.C. 1998 On the Rationality of Decision Making Studies: Part 1: Decision Models of Treatment Choice. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 12:319-340.

Garro, L.C. 1998 On the Rationality of Decision Making Studies: Part 2: Divergent Rationalities. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 12:341-355.

Garro, L.C. 1996 Intracultural Variation in Causal Accounts of Diabetes: A Comparison of Three Canadian Anishinaabe (Ojibway) Communities. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 20:381-420.

Garro, L.C. 1995 Individual or Societal Responsibility? Explanations of Diabetes in an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) Community. Social Science and Medicine 40:37-46.

Garro, L.C. 1994 Narrative Representations of Chronic Illness Experience: Cultural Models of Illness, Mind, and Body in Stories Concerning the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). Social Science and Medicine 38:775-788.

Garro, L.C., Stephenson, K.A., Good, B.J. 1994 Chronic Illness of the Temporomandibular Joints as Experienced by Support-group Members. Journal of General Internal Medicine 9:372-378.

Garro, L.C. and Lang, G.C. 1993 Explanations of Diabetes: Anishinaabeg and Dakota Deliberate upon a New Illness. In Diabetes as a Disease of Civilization: The Impact of Cultural Change on the Health of Indigenous Peoples. Jennie R. Joe and Robert S. Young (eds.), pp. 293-328.Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Garro, L.C. 1992 Chronic Illness and the Construction of Narratives. In Pain as Human Experience: An Anthropological Perspective. M.J. DelVecchio Good, P. Brodwin, B. Good, and A. Kleinman (eds.), pp. 100-137. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Garro, L.C. 1990 Continuity and Change: The Interpretation of Illness in an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) Community. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 14:417-454.

Garro, L.C. 1988 Explaining High Blood Pressure: Variation in Knowledge about Illness. American Ethnologist 15:98-119.

Garro, L.C. 1987 Decision Making Models of Treatment Choice. In: Illness Behaviour: A Multidisciplinary Model. S. McHugh and T.M. Vallis, (eds.), pp.173-188. New York: Plenum.

Garro, L.C. 1986 Intracultural Variation in Folk Medical Knowledge: A Comparison Between Curers and Non-Curers. American Anthropologist 88: 351-370.

Garro, L.C. 1986 Language, Memory and Focality: A Re-examination. American Anthropologist 88:128-136.

Young, J.C. and Garro, L. 1982 Variation in the Choice of Treatment in Two Mexican Communities. Social Science and Medicine 16:1453-1465.


Health care decision making; health and illness in everyday life contexts; cultural models; narrative and illness; remembering