Sonya Pritzker, PhD

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Dr. Sonya Pritzker is a medical anthropologist and a licensed practitioner of Chinese medicine.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama, and affiliated research faculty at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Her current research focuses on clinical research methodologies and clinical translation in integrative medicine, and the development of Chinese medical psychology in the U.S. and China. For her doctoral work in anthropology (UCLA), she researched the global clinical translation of Chinese medical knowledge, including the linguistic choices of specific translators as well as the transfer of research findings into clinical practice. Her book based on this research, Living Translation: Language and the Search for Resonance in U.S. Chinese Medicine, was published in 2014 by Berghahn Books. Prior to this, she studied the treatment of anxiety and depression with Chinese medicine in China. She is fluent in Chinese and has spent many years living and conducting research in Beijing, China.

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