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Elizabeth Bromley

Associate Professor-in-Residence

Contact Information

Email    ebromley@mednet.ucla.edu
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Phone  310-794-3734

Dr. Bromley’s research focuses on the therapeutic beliefs and institutional contexts that shape clinical practices. Her dissertation examined stakeholder inclusion and priority-setting in schizophrenia research. She and her collaborators have developed a video ethnography method for assessing everyday functioning in schizophrenia; and have explored perceptions of community integration in individuals with serious mental illness. Dr. Bromley has used mixed-methods to evaluate the implementation of recovery and shared decision-making in public mental health clinics. Her current projects focus on research ethics in community-partnered research, mental health stigma, and physician depression.



PhD, Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles (2008)
MD and MA, History of Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
BA, Rice University 

Selected Publications

Bromley E, Kennedy D, Miranda J, Sherbourne CD, Wells KB. The Fracture of Relational Space in Depression: Predicaments in Primary Care Help SeekingCurrent Anthropology. 2016. 57:5, 610-631.

Bromley E. Barriers to the appropriate clinical use of medications that improve the cognitive deficits of schizophrenia. Psychiatric Services, Apr;58(4):475-81

Bromley E. At Issue: Clinicians’ concepts of the cognitive deficits of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, May;33(3):648-51

Bromley E, Braslow JT. Teaching critical thinking in psychiatric training: A role for the social sciences. American Journal of Psychiatry, Nov;165(11):1396-401.

Bromley E. Book Review: Revolution in Mind by George Makari. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Spring; 83(1): 214-15.

Bromley E, Brekke JS. Abstract: Ecological validity of cognition and functioning in schizophrenia: A reliable method to assess naturalistic behaviors in everyday contexts. Schizophrenia Bulletin, March; 35(suppl 1): 312.

Bromley E, Brekke JS. Assessing function and functional outcome in schizophrenia. In Swerdlow N (ed). The Behavioral Neurobiology of Schizophrenia and its Treatment. New York, NY: Springer Press.


Patient-centeredness, recovery, and shared decision-making in clinic settings; research ethics; mental health stigma; physician wellness