I am interested in applied medical anthropology, as the interaction of culture, health, society, and illness. I've done research in areas such as sleep and the treatment-seeking behaviors surrounding sleep disorders, violence, refugees, and international relief during conflict and disaster, program evaluation through “cost-benefit analyses,” structural violence and the public health of young gay and bisexual men, paramedical decision-making, and the "cruising" culture of looking for sex partners in Internet chat rooms. I currently teach the undergraduate courses Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology, Peoples and Cultures of Africa, and Field Methods, and the graduate courses Medical Anthropology and Quantitative Methods and Analyses.
Selected Consulting Projects
2012 Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI), Dallas, TX
2011 Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI), Dallas, TX
2006 Texas Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center, Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX
2005 City of Fort Worth Public Health Department, Fort Worth, TX
2000 Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Southern Methodist University
1996 M.A., Medical Anthropology, Southern Methodist University
1991 B.A., Writing and Literature, University of Virginia
2013 Henry, D., K. Knutson, and K. Orzech. Sleep, Culture and Health: Reflections on the
Other 1/3 of Life. Fourteen edited articles in a special issue at Social Science and Medicine,
Volume 79. February 2013.
2013 Henry, D., and L. Rosenthal. The Significance of Gender and Partner Reporting on the
Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Social Science and
Medicine. 79 (1): 48-56.
2013 Henry, D., L. Rosenthal, D. Dedrick, D. Taylor. Understanding Patient Responses to Insomnia.
Behavioral Sleep Medicine 11: 40-55
2011 Henry, D. Diamonds Are Not a Boy’s Best Friend: What Happened When Alhadji Met
the Rebels. In The Human Tradition in Modern Africa, D. Cordell, ed. Lanham, Md:
2010 Article 27: Citizens, Refugees, and Relief along the Sierra Leone – Guinea Border. In
Sierra Leone Beyond the Lomé Peace Accord. M. Mustapha and J. Bangura, eds. New
York: Palgrave MacMillan.
2009 Trauma and Vulnerability During War. In Cultures of Fear: a Critical Reader. U. Linke
and D. Taana Smith, eds. Pp. 117-131. New York, NY: Pluto Press.
2008 Henry, D., D. McClellen, L. Rosenthal, D. Dedrick, and M. Gosdin. Is Sleep Really
for Sissies? Understanding the Role of Work in Insomnia in the U.S. Social Science and
Medicine 66 (3): 715-726.
2007 Henry, D., R. Bales, and E. Graves. Ethnography in Evaluation: Uncovering
Hidden Costs and Benefits in Child Mental Health. Human Organization 66 (3): 315-326.
2007 Henry, D., R. Bales, and E. Graves. Strangers in a Strange Land: Anthropologists do
Cost-Benefit Analysis. Practicing Anthropology 29 (2): 24-27.
2007 Davenport, Beverly, and Doug Henry. Building a Sense of Community in an Online Class.
Practicing Anthropology 29 (1): 12-15.
2007 Nigerian Americans and Health. In Health Seeking Behavior in Ethnic Populations. T.
Gibbs and S. Lurie, eds., Pp. 93-109. Lewiston, NY: Mellen Press.
2006 Henry, D. Violence and the Body: Somatic Expressions of Trauma and Vulnerability
During Conflict. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 20 (3): 379-398.
2006 Reddy, Sumanth, D. Henry, and J. Oppong. Conflict, Diamonds, and the Political Economy
of Instability in Africa. African Geographical Review. 24: 51-70.
2004 Henry, D., and G. Jones Cruising Trolls and the Down-Low: Ethnographically Mapping the Modern Tea-Room Trade. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology. March 31-April 4, Dallas, TX.
2004 Henry, D. Patterns Of Informal Care To People Living With Aids In Sierra Leone, West Africa (Waiting To Die) Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology/ Medical Anthropology. April 2, 2004. Dallas, TX.
2003 Citizens, Refugees, and Relief Along the Sierra Leone-Guinea Border Paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association. November 20, 2003. Chicago, IL.
2002 Cyborgs, Sex, and HIV Risk: a Medical Ethnography of Online Chat. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association. November 20 – 24, 2002. New Orleans, LA.
2002 "But is it Ethnography? Towards an Anthropology of Online Sex Chat Among Men Who Have Sex With Men." Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology. March 6-10, 2002. Atlanta, GA.
2001 Organizer for session "Anthropological Encounters With Humanitarian Relief." Invited session sponsored by GAD, held at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association. November 28-December 2, 2001. Washington, DC.
2001 "Refugee Medicine or Medicalized Refugees? The Sick Role and the Power of Voice." Paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association. November 28-December 2, 2001. Washington, DC.
2000 "Hypertension: Somatic Manifestations of Trauma During Wartime." Paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association. November 18th, 2000. San Francisco, California.