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Erica Hua Fletcher is a postdoctoral fellow in Veterans Recovery and Resilience at the University of California, Los Angeles, in affiliation with the regional VA. Her interdisciplinary scholarship examines the contributions of contemporary mental health patient rights groups’ in their efforts to democratize, politicize, and ultimately shape community mental health care in the United States. Her previous work explored carework within a mutual aid group providing peer-based mental health support for its members. In recent years, she has published on the peer respite model for mental health crisis support in county mental health systems. Dr. Fletcher has also written about health professions education, community health, and the emerging field of Mad Studies. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2015.

Beatriz Reyes-Foster is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests focus on medical anthropology, specifically on the cultural interactions between medical systems and the people who use them. Her previous work focused on suicide prevention efforts in Yucatan, Mexico and most recently on the encounters and disconnects that take place between Yucatec Maya patients and psychiatrists in an acute ward of a public psychiatric hospital, also in Yucatan. Her current research interests focus on issues surrounding birth in Central Florida, particularly on the ways in which women seeking vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) make decisions about their medical care. Dr. Reyes-Foster has written about identity, media representations of indigenous people, personhood and self, cultural constructions of health and illness, and the connections between religion, spiritual beliefs, and biomedicine. She received her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2011.