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Beth Bromley, MD, PhD

VA, Severe Mental Illness

HSS VA Faculty

LACDMH-UCLA Public Mental Health Partnership

Elizabeth Bromley is the Director of the LACDMH-UCLA Public Mental Health Partnership. Dr. Bromley is a psychiatrist and anthropologist who has served on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences since 2008. Dr. Bromley earned her B.A. from Rice University in 1993 and received her M.D. and M.A. in the History of Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed residency and a chief residency in Adult Psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Bromley came to UCLA as a VA/Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar in 2003. She completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at UCLA in 2008.

Since 2004, Dr. Bromley has been an attending psychiatrist on an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team at the West Los Angeles VA. Her research focuses on the therapeutic beliefs and institutional contexts that shape clinical practices. Her dissertation examined collaboration in the field of cognition research in schizophrenia. She has used mixed-methods to evaluate the implementation of concepts of patient-centeredness, recovery, and shared decision-making in clinic settings. Her current research focuses on research ethics, mental health stigma, and physician wellness.


Bromley E, Kennedy D, Sherbourne C, Miranda J, Wells KB. The Fracture of Relational Space in Depression: Predicaments in Primary Care Help Seeking, Current Anthropology, 2016; 57(5):610-631. See:

Bromley E, Mikesell L, Jones F, Khodyakov D. From Subject to Participant: Ethics and the Evolving Role of Community in Health Research. American Journal of Public Health, 2015, 105(5): 900-908.

E Bromley, S Gabrielian, B Brekke, R Pahwa, K Daly, JS Brekke, JT Braslow. Experiencing Community: Perspectives of Individuals Diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness. Psych Services, 2013, 64(7): 672-679.


  • Directed readings on medical anthropology or psychological anthropology
  • ​Research mentorship on physician wellness
  • Research mentorship on research ethics
  • Mental health services research mentorship on severe mental illness