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Cheryl Mattingly

Professor of Anthropology and Occupational Science and Therapy

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E-mail: mattingl@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3550
Office: KAP 348G

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Biographical Sketch

Cheryl Mattingly, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and the Division of Occupational Science and Therapy, University of Southern California.  She is currently a Dale T. Mortensen Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Aarhus University.  She is a frequent Visiting Professor of Anthropology and Philosophy in the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark.  She has also been the PI and Co-PI on multiple large-scale, Federally funded research grants.  Her primary research and theoretical interests include narrative, moral reasoning and experience, phenomenology, the culture of biomedicine, chronic illness and disability, the ethics of care, and health disparities in the United States.  She has published extensively on these topics, including numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters.  She received the Polgar EssayPrize for "In Search for the Good: Narrative Reasoning in Clinical Practice" from the Society for Medical Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.  She has also written six books (including one currently in press).  She received the Victor Turner Prize (American Anthropological Association) for Healing Dramas and Clinical Plots (1998) and the Stirling Book Prize (Society for Psychological Anthropology) for The Paradox of Hope: Journey Through a Clinical Borderland (2010).  Her other books include: Clinical Reasoning in a Therapeutic Practice (1994); Narrative, Self and the Social Practice (2009), co-edited with Uffe Jensen; and Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life (Forthcoming Fall 2014).

 

Education

post doctorate NIMH Research Fellow in Clinically Relevant Anthropology, Harvard Medical School, 1992
Ph.D. Anthropology and Urban Studies, MIT, 1989
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, 2004-  
Professor, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, 2004-  
Professor (Joint Appointment), Department of Anthropology & Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, 2000-2004  
Associate Professor (Joint Appointment), Department of Anthropology & Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, 1996-2000  
Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois: Chicago, IL, 1994-1996  
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois: Chicago, IL, 1988-1994  
 

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Director: Health, Humanity and Cultural Initiative, Dornsife College of Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, 2004-  
 

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

International Faculty, Department of Philosophy - Health, Humanity and Culture Research Center, University of Aarhus: Aarhus, Denmark, 2000-  
Professor of Philosophy, Department of Culture and Society, University of Aarhus: Aarhus, Denmark, Fall 2012   
Professor of Philosophy, Department of Culture and Society, University of Aarhus: Aarhus, Denmark, Fall 2011   
Guest Professor (Joint Appointment), Department of Anthropology & Department of Philosophy and History of ideas, University of Aarhus: Aarhus, Denmark, Fall 2009   
Professor, Research Center, Health, Humanity and Culture, Department of Philosophy, University of Aarhus: Aarhus, Denmark, 1999  
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney: Sydney, Australia, 1995  
 

Description of Research

Research Keywords

Medical Anthropology, Psychological Anthropology, Narrative, Phenomenology of Illness and Healing, Culture of Biomedicine, Expressive Culture, Health Disparities, Philosophical Anthropology, Anthropology of Morality.
 

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Moral Epidemics and the Making of a "Good Family": Raising Children with Autism and ADHD (National Science Foundation (Re-submission)), Cheryl Mattingly, $250,000, 2014-  
International Conference Grant - Moral Engines: Exploring the Moral Drives in Human Life (Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies), Cheryl Mattingly, Maria Louw, Rasmus Dyring, Thomas Wentzer, $30,000, 2014  
International Conference Grant - Moral Engines: Exploring the Moral Drives in Human Life (The Carlsburg Foundation), Maria Louw, Cheryl Mattingly, $10,000, 2014  
Dale T. Mortensen Senior Research Fellow (Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University), Cheryl Mattingly, $240,000, 2012-2014  
Boundary Crossings: Re-situating Cultural Competence (National Institute of Child Health, NIH), Mary Lawlor, Cheryl Mattingly, $2,530,000, 2005-2011  
Development of Culturally Competent Mental Health Care (NIH), Steven Lopez, Cheryl Mattingly, $365,000, 2007-2008   
Long Term Research Supplement for Underrepresented Minorities (Nat. Institute of Child Health & Human Development), Cheryl Mattingly, $520,447, 2002-2004  
Long Term Research Supplement for Individuals with Disabilities (Nat. Institute of Child Health & Human Development), Cheryl Mattingly, $657,698, 2001-2004  
Boundary Crossing: An Ethnographic & Longitudinal Study (Nat. Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research), Cheryl Mattingly, $1,455,400, 2000-2004  
 

Other Funded Research

"Human Beings as Responsive Beings: Toward an Existential Anthropology"(New Ideas Funding: Arhus University, Arhus, Denmark.), Cheryl Mattingly, International Research Consultant. Grant Awarded to the Department of Philosophy in Division of Culture and Society., $1,000,000, 09/01/2010-06/01/2014  
Enhancing Social and Behavioral Sciences in Medical School(Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, National Institutes of Health)., Cheryl Mattingly, Consultant. Principal Investigator: Rita Charon. Narrative Medicine, Columbia University., $2,000,000, 2006-2011  
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Initiative for Health, Humanity, and Culture, Director
NIH Grant, Development of Culturally Competent Mental Health Care, Dept. of Psychology, UCLA, Consultant
NIH Grant, Enhancing Social and Behavioral Sciences in Medical School, Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University, Consultant
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Hope, Suffering and the Play of Possible Selves: A Narrative Perspective on the Good Life", Narrative, Health, and Social Justice Research Interest Group, Keynote Lecture, University of Oregon. Eugene, Oregon, Invited, 2014  
"Moral Engines", Moral Engines: Exploring the Moral Drives in Human Life, Keynote Lecture, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, Invited, 2014  
"Love's Imperfection: Moral Becoming, Friendship and Family Life", Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies Conference: The Anthropology and Philosophy of Moral Experience, Keynote Lecture, Aarhus University, Denmark, Invited, 2013  
"Virtue Ethics and the Anthropology of Morality", Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies Symposium: Towards a Comparative Study of the Good, Keynote Lecture, Helsinki, Finland, Invited, 2013  
"Hope and Trust.", Occupational Science Symposium, Lecture/Seminar, University of Southern California, Los Angles, CA, 2010  
"Hope as Moral Paradox: Thinking Against Suspicion, Trusting the New", International Symposium in Philosophy and Anthropology, Lecture/Seminar, University of Aarhus: Aarhus, Denmark, 2009  
"Suffering and Narrative Re-envisioning", Telling Suffering Colloquium, Lecture/Seminar, University of Virginia: Charlottesville, VA, Institute for Advanced Studies, 2006  
 

Other Presentations

"Vulnerability, Trust and the Good Life: Navigating Between Home and Clinic Worlds", Caroline Thompson Memorial Lecture, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Occupational Therapy Department, Wisconsin, 2013  
"Vulnerability, Virtue Ethics and the Anthropology of Sufferin", Kassen Annual Lecture, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Anthropology, Cleveland, Ohio, 2013  
"Virtue Ethics and the Anthropology of Morality: A Perspective from Narrative Phenomenology", Keynote Speaker: The Influential Scholar Series, Department of Anthropology. University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2010  
"Fragile Border Crossings: A Multi-method Longitudinal Ethnography", Invited Presentation, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI), UCLA, 2006-2007   
"Moral Laboratories: The Creativity of Moral Life", Influential Scholar Series, Department of Anthropology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2006  
"Narrative and the Performance of Healing: Using a Narrative Approach to Reconsider the Concept of 'Cultural Competence' in Health Care", Narrative in Public Health and Medicine Lecture Series., Center for Health, Culture, and Society: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2006  
"Pocahontas Goes to the Clinic: Race, Health, and Mass Media in a Cultural Borderland", Narratives: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Berne, Switzerland, 2006  
"The Contested Creation of a Machine Baby: Moral Debate From a Narrative Perspective", Telling Stories, Revealing Narratives: Perspectives on Illness and Care, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2006  
"Time, Narrative, and the Vulnerability of Practice", Narratives: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Berne, Switzerland, 2006  
 

Publications

Book

Mattingly, C. (2014). Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life (In Press). UC Press.
Mattingly, C. (2010). The Paradox of Hope: Journeys Through a Clinical Borderland. UC Press. Publisher Link
Mattingly, C., Jensen, U. (Ed.). (2009). Narrative, Self and Social Practice. Philiosophia Press. Publisher Link
Mattingly, C. (2000). Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing. UC Press. Publisher Link
Mattingly, C. (1998). Healing Dramas and Clinical Plots: The Narrative Structure of Experience. Cambridge University Press. Publisher Link
Mattingly, C., Fleming, M. (1994). Clinical Reasoning: Forms of Inquiry in a Therapeutic Practice. F.A. Davis Company Press. Publisher Link
 

Book Chapter

Mattingly, C., Jensen, U. (2014). Practical Philosophy and Hope as a Moral Project among African-Americans. Anthropology & Philosophy:Dialogues on Trust and H Oxford, England: Berghahn Press.
Park, M., Lawlor, M., Mattingly, C. (2013). Holding Ambiguity in Acted and Emergent Narratives.
Liisberg, S., Pedersen, E., Dalsgård, A. (Ed.). (2013). What Can We Hope For? An Exploration in Cosmopolitan Philosophical Anthropology. Anthropology & Philosophy:Dialogues on Trust and H Oxford, England: Berghahn Press.
Lawlor, M., Mattingly, C. (2013). Family Perspectives on Occupation, Health and Disability. Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy 12th ed pp. 150-162. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams Wilkins. Book, Publisher Link
Mattingly, C., Jensen, U. (2013). Practical Philosophy and Hope as a Moral Project among African-Americans. Anthropology & Philosophy:Dialogues on Trust and H Oxford, England: Berghahn Press.
Mattingly, C. (2012). Pocahontas Goes to the Clinic. Applying Cultural Anthropology New York City, NY: McGraw-Hill. Book, Publisher Link
Mattingly, C., Jensen, U. (2011). Hope as a Moral Practice: Thinking Against Suspicion. Trust and Hope: Negotiating the Future: Dialogues pp. 35. Oxford: Oxford: Berghahn Press.
Mattingly, C. (2011). Pocahontas Goes to the Clinic. Applying Anthropology: An Introductory Reader New York City, NY: McGraw-Hill. Book, Publisher Link
Mattingly, C. (2010). Moral Willing as Narrative Re-envisioning. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press. Chapter Abstract
Mattingly, C. (2010). The Concept of Therapeutic Emplotment. Toward an Anthropology of the Will pp. 501-569. Book, Publisher Link
Mattingly, C., Jensen, U., Throop, J. (2009). Narrative, Self and Social Practice. pp. 5-36. Aarhus: Philiosophia Press, Aarhus University. Book, Publisher Link
Mattingly, C. (2009). Senses of an ending: Self, Body and Narrative. Aarhus: Philiosophia Press.
Mattingly, C., Jensen, U., Throop, J. (2009). Introductory Essay. Narrative, Self and Social Practice pp. 5-36. Aarhus, Denmark: Philiosophia Press, Aarhus University. Book, Publisher Link
Lawlor, M., Mattingly, C. (2008). Understanding Family Perspectives on Illness and Disability Experience. pp. 33-44. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.: Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy, 11th edition.. Book, Publisher Link
Mattingly, C. (2008). Stories That Are Ready to Break. pp. 79-98. London: Health, Illness, Culture: Broken Narratives. Routledge. Book Link
Mattingly, C., Fleming, M. (2008). Action and Narrative: Two Dynamics of Clinical Reasoning. Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions pp. 55-64. San Diego, CA: Elsevier. Book, Publisher Link
Mattingly, C. (2007). Acted Narratives: From Storytelling to Emergent Dramas. pp. 405-425. Handbook of Narrative Inquiry Methodologies/Thousands Oaks: Sage Publications. Book - Publisher Link
Mattingly, C. (2004). Performance Narratives in Clinical Practice. Narrative Research in Health and Illness pp. 73-94. Book Link
Lawlor, M., Mattingly, C. (2003). Disability Experience from a Family Perspective. Willard & Spackman’s Occupational Therapy 10th ed pp. 69-79. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincot. Book, Publisher Link
Mattingly, C. (2000). Emergent Narratives. Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness pp. 181-211.
Fleming, M., Mattingly, C. (2000). Action and Narrative: Two Dynamics of Clinical Reasoning. Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions Oxford, England: Butterworth-Heinemann. Book Link
Mattingly, C. (2000). Narrative Turns. Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness pp. 259-269. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Garro, L., Mattingly, C. (2000). Narrative as Construct and Construction. Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness pp. 1-49. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
 

Book Review

Mattingly, C. (2011). Illness and the Limits of Expression: A Book Review Essay. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. pp. 292-293. Abstract
 

Journal Article

Mattingly, C. (2013). Moral Selves and Moral Scenes: Narrative Experiments in Everyday Life. Ethnos. Vol. 78 (3), pp. 301-327. Abstract
Mattingly, C. (2013). Love’s Imperfection: Moral Becoming, Friendship and Family Life. Suomen Antropologi (Finnish Journal of Anthropology), Special Issue: The Morality of Friendship.
Mattingly, C. (2013). The Moral Perils of a Superstrong Black Mother. Ethos. Vol. 42 (1), pp. 119-138.
Mattingly, C. (2012). Two Virtue Ethics and the Anthropology of Morality. Anthropological Theory. Vol. 12 (2), pp. 161-184. Abstract
Mattingly, C. (2011). The Machine-Body as Contested Metaphor in Clinical Care. Genre. Vol. 44 (3), pp. 363 - 380. Abstract
Mattingly, C., Gron, L., Meinart, L. (2011). Chronic Homework in Emerging Borderlands of Healthcare. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. Vol. 35 (3), pp. 347 - 375. Abstract
Jacobs, L., Lawlor, M., Mattingly, C. (2011). I/We Narratives among African American Families Raising Children with Disabilities. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. Vol. 35 (1), pp. 3 - 25. Abstract
Mattingly, C. (2009). Reading Medicine: Mind, Body and Meditation in One Interpretive Community. New Literary History. Vol. 37 (3), pp. 563-581. Abstract
Mattingly, C., Lutkehaus, N., Throop, J. (2008). Bruner's Search for Meaning: A Conversation between Psychology and Anthropology. Special Issue - Troubling the Boundary Between Psychology and Anthropology: Jerome Bruner and his Inspiration. Ethos. Vol. 36 (1), pp. 1-38. Abstract
Mattingly, Cheryl, Lutkehaus, N. and Throop, J. (Ed.). (2008). Troubling the Boundary Between Psychology and Anthropology. Ethos. Vol. 36 (1) Abstract
Grøn, L., Mattingly, C., Meinert, L. (2008). Chronic Homework: Social Hopes, Dilemmas and Conflicts in Homework Narratives in Uganda, Denmark and USA. Journal of Research in Health and Society. Abstract
Mattingly, C. (2008). Reading Minds and Telling Tales in a Cultural Borderland. Special Issue: Troubling the Boundary Between Psychology and Anthropology. Ethos. Vol. 36 (1), pp. 181-205.
Mattingly, C. (2006). Pocahontas Goes to the Clinic: Popular Culture as Lingua Franca in a Cultural Borderland. American Anthropologist. Vol. 108 (3), pp. 494-501. Abstract
Mattingly, C. (2006). Hoping, Willing, and Narrative Re-Envisioning. Hedgehog Review: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture. Vol. 8 (3), pp. 21-35. Abstract
Mattingly, C. (2005). Toward a Vulnerable Ethics of Research Practice. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. Vol. 9 (4), pp. 453-471. Abstract
Mattingly, C. (2005). Introduction: Toward a Context-Based Ethics for Social Research. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. Vol. 9 (4), pp. 427-429. Abstract
Mattingly, C. (2005). The Narrative Turn in Contemporary Medical Anthropology. Journal of Research in Health and Society. Vol. 1 (2), pp. 13-40. Abstract
Mattingly, C. (2004). Becoming Buzz Lightyear and other Clinical Tales: Indigenizing Disney in a World of Disability. Folk: Journal of the Danish Ethnographic Society. Vol. 45, pp. 9-32. Abstract
Mattingly, C., Lawlor, M., Jacobs-Huey, L. (2002). Narrating September 11: Race, Gender, and the Play of Cultural Identities. American Anthropologist. Vol. 104 (3), pp. 743-753. Abstract
Mattingly, C., Lawlor, M. (2001). The Fragility of Healing. Ethos. Vol. 29 (1), pp. 30-57. Abstract
Lawlor, M., Mattingly, C. (2001). Beyond the Unobtrusive Observer: Reflections on Researcher-Informant Relationships in Urban Ethnography. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Vol. 55 (2), pp. 147-154. Abstract
Mattingly, C., Lawlor, M. (2000). Learning from Stories: Narrative Interviewing in Cross-Cultural Research. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Vol. 7 (1), pp. 4-14. Abstract
 

Honors and Awards

Dale T. Mortensen Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark, 2012-2014  
Caroline Thompson Memorial Lecture: "Vulnerability, Trust and the Good Life: Navigating Between Home and Clinic Worlds". University of Wisconsin-Madison, Occupational Therapy Department, 10/24/2013  
Kassen Lecture: "Vulnerability, Virtue Ethics and the Anthropology of Suffering". Case Western Reserve University, Department of Anthropology, 10/15/2013  
Influential Scholar Series Keynote Speaker, Department of Anthropology, UCLA, 2010-2011   
Keynote Speaker, International Symposium: Trust and Hope - Intersections Between Philosophy and Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark, 9/20/2010  
Victor Turner Prize, the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, American Anthrological Association. For Healing Dramas and Clinical Plots: The Narrative Structure of Experience, 2000-2001   
Stirling Prize. Society for Psychological Anthropology, American Anthropological Association. For The Paradox of Hope: Journeys Through a Clinical Borderland., 2000  
Appointment to the Research Study Committee, Maternal and Child Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996-2000  
Academy of Research. American Occupational Therapy Association, 1999-2000   
Polgar Essay Prize. The Society for Medical Anthropology, American Anthropological Association. For In Search of the Good: Narrative Reasoning in Clinical Practice, 1999  
USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, for Healing Dramas and Clinical Plots: The Narrative Structure of Experience, 1999  
Corbin/Page Award, The University of Vermont: Burlington., 1992-1993   
Outstanding Service Award for Excellence in Research. The American Occupational Therapy Association, 1992-1993   
National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellowship. Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University, 1990-1992  
 

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Member, Editorial Board, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 2006-  
Member, Editorial Board, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 2002-  
Member, Academy of Research, American Occupational Therapy Association, 1999-  
Member, Editorial Board, Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1998-  
Member, Executive Board, Society for Medical Anthropology, 2000-2003  
 

Professional Memberships

International Society for Cultural Research and Activity Theory, 2000-  
Society for Medical Anthropology, 1989-  
Society for Psychological Anthropology, 1989-  
American Anthropological Association, 1987-  
Society for Cultural Anthropology, 1987-  
Society for Humanistic Anthropology, 1987-  
 
 
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