Ann M. Cheney, PhD

Assistant Professor in Residence, School of Medicine, University of California, Riverside (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Dr. Cheney is assistant professor in the Center for Healthy Communities at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. She is a medical anthropologist with research experience in mental health and substance use health services, with a focus on trauma and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders among women. She has conducted research among underserved populations, including women in rural communities, veterans, and ethnic and racial minorities. She uses ethnographic methods, qualitative and mixed-methods designs, and community-based participatory research approaches, methods that have been strengthened as an invited participant in Short Courses on Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology funded by the National Science Foundation. She has led community-based and qualitative studies, including research on eating disorders among minority women in the U.S. and rural women in southern Italy and substance use among Veterans. She has also served as co-investigator on a number of studies, including a PCORI-funded study of mental health needs of rural African Americans in the Arkansas Delta region. She is currently a NIDA scholar trainee in the HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program at UCLA and collaborates with investigators at the Greater Los Angeles VA to address the health needs of women Veterans.


Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2010, Anthropology
Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Connecticut, 2009
M.A., University of Connecticut, 2005, Anthropology
B.A., State University of New York at Oneonta, 2002, Anthropology

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressCenter for Healthy Communities
School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
329 SOM Research Bldg.
Riverside, CA 92521