Claire Snell-Rood PhD

Assistant Professor

Claire Snell-Rood is an Assistant Professor and a medical anthropologist focused on understanding the social-cultural factors influencing women’s mental health and health behaviors in underserved settings.

Claire Snell-Rood is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She is a medical anthropologist focused on understanding the social-cultural and systems-level factors influencing women’s mental health and behavioral health in underserved settings, and utilizing this knowledge to improve the effectiveness of interventions in order to reduce health disparities. She has conducted ethnographic and qualitative research among women living in slums in urban India and among communities in the rural U.S., partnering with community-based research and advocacy organizations and lay health worker initiatives. Her current research focuses on California’s efforts to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use in rural areas through a hub and spoke system.

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Kentucky Dept. of Behavioral Science, 2013-15
  • PhD in Anthropology, University of Virginia, 2011
  • MA in Anthropology, University of Virginia, 2007
  • BA in Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 2004
  • Social and cultural context of health behaviors
  • Impacts of kinship, community, and family dynamics on health promotion, mental health
  • Gender and mental health
  • Social inequality, health stigma, and moral discourses about health
  • Depression interventions for low-resource settings, particularly with lay health workers
  • Systems-level interventions to address the opioid crisis
  • Implementation science
  • Qualitative methods, including ethnography and community-engaged approaches
  • Rural U.S. and South Asia
  • PH219E Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health
  • PH203A Theories of Health and Social Behavior
  • PH292 MPH seminar