Deborah Mindry, PhD


Core Scientist, Methods Core
Research Anthropologist, UCLA Center for Culture and Health.
Adjunct Professor, UCLA Department of Anthropology.
Co-Director, Education, UCGHI Women’s Health and Empowerment Center of Expertise.


Dr. Deborah Mindry is a Sociocultural Anthropologist in the UCLA Center for Culture and Health and the Center for Children and Family.  She has conducted qualitative and ethnographic research on gender politics in South Africa for 17 years.  Since 2008 she has been engaged in research on gender and HIV/AIDS.   She recently completed data collection for a study on “Delivering reproductive health services to PLHIV in South Africa.”  This project examines the fertility intentions and safer conception service provision for PLHIV in Durban, South Africa.  Phase 1 focuses on desires, intentions and reproductive health needs of HIV infected men and women, and phase 2 examines health care providers experiences and perceptions of reproductive health needs and safer conception services for men and women living with HIV.  Her analysis of NIMH Project Accept/ HPTN043 South African qualitative data has highlighted the critical role children play in men’s and women’s efforts to negotiate safer sex with their partners.  She is also engaged as Co-Investigator leading the qualitative research on fertility intentions and safer conception options for HIV-positive men and women in Uganda.  She is co-Investigator on a similar study completed in 2011 on reproductive health intentions and safer conception in Malawi and on study with providers and clients regarding fertility intentions and safer conception in Los Angeles, USA.  Deborah Mindry has extensive experience in setting up ethnographic and qualitative research.  Her expertise has also led to her collaboration with Dr. Dallas Swendeman leading the qualitative analysis of research with sex workers in Kolkata, India.  Deborah Mindry has been Co-Chair of the UC Global Health Institute’s Women’s Health and Empowerment Center of Expertise responsible for the development of a UC wide effort to develop a Certificate Program in Women’s health and Empowerment (



BA, Psychology and Theater Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

BA Honours, Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

MA, Social Sciences (Anthropology), UC Irvine.

PhD, Social Sciences (Anthropology), UC Irvine.


Research and Interests:

gender power, HIV, safer conception for PLHIV, gender politics in health care, social movements, philanthropy, colonialism, Africa.


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