Beatriz Reyes-Foster

Beatriz Reyes-Foster

Research Interests

Medical anthropology, specifically on the cultural interactions between medical systems and the people who use them. Current research projects 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. A second project is studying breast milk sharing in Central Florida. 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. I have 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.