Christina Low von Mayrhauser

Dr. Christina von Mayrhauser
Full-Time Faculty
(818) 677-4931
Office location:
Sierra Hall 240J



  • 2000 Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California at Los Angeles
  • 1995 M.A., Anthropology, University of California at Los Angeles
  • 1990 A.B. cum laude, Anthropology, Harvard University

Courses Taught

  • Anthropological Thought   (303)
  • Anthropology in the Modern World  (300)
  • Culture and Human Behavior (152)
  • Culture, Health and Healing   (425)
  • Ethnographic Research Methods  (375/475)
  • Field Studies in Cultural Anthropology  (476C)
  • Health and Wellbeing in China: Sociocultural Perspectives
  • Individual and Culture (305)
  • Introduction to Applied Anthropology
  • Language in Culture: Anthropological Linguistics (310)
  • Liberal Studies Gateway Seminar  (LRS300)
  • Medical Pluralism in Sociocultural Perspective
  • Seminars in Cultural Anthropology  (490C)
  • Women, Sex Roles and Culture  (308) 

Selected Publications and Presentations

Refereed Publications

“One Credential Program Looks in the Mirror.” In Scholarly Practices and Inquiry in the Preparation of Mathematics Teachers: Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Monograph Series 2009, 6:105-120 (with J. Gainsburg, S. Scheld, C. Rothstein-Fisch, and M. Spagna)

“Two-year Outcomes of Treatment for Methamphetamine Use.”  In Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 2006, 38(4), SARC Suppl. 3: 415-426 (with M.L. Brecht, L. Greenwell, M.D. Anglin)

“Methamphetamine Use Behaviors and Gender Differences.”  In Journal of Addictive Behaviors 2004, 29(1):89-106. (with M.L. Brecht and L. Greenwell)

“Use Ecology and Drug Use Motivations of Methamphetamine Users Admitted to Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities in Los Angeles: An Emerging Profile.” In Journal of Addictive Diseases [American Society for Addiction Medicine] 2002, 21(1):45-60.  (with M.L. Brecht and M.D. Anglin)

“Differences Between Ecstasy-Using and Non-Using Methamphetamine Users.” In Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 2002, 34(2):215-223. (with M.L. Brecht)

"Predictors of Relapse After Treatment for Methamphetamine Use." In Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 2000, 32(2): 211-219. (with M.L.Brecht and M.D. Anglin)

Applied Technical Reports (Education and Health Research)

2006   A Qualitative Study of Northridge Academy High School Student Teacher Candidates¹ and Cooperating Teachers¹ Spring 2006 Survey Responses. Teachers For a New Era. [with first author S. Scheld and third author B. Ericson]

2006   A Qualitative Study of Northridge Academy High School Student Teacher Candidates¹ And Cooperating Teachers¹ Fall 2005 Survey Responses. Teachers For a New Era. [with first author S. Scheld and third author B. Ericson]

2006   Multidisciplinary Institutional Portfolios: Reciprocal Professional Development.  Teachers for a New Era. [with first and second authors I. Barnard and P. Phillips]

2004    Children United With Buddies (CUBS), Mothers with HIV/AIDS: A Qualitative Content  Analysis of Parent-Child Focus Group Interventions. UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.

Selected Conference Papers and Posters

2007    Health and Gatekeeping in Adoptions from China. Paper. Presented as part of panel entitled ³Chinese Migrations: Contributions and Consequences for a New World Order.² Dimensions of International Migration [International Research Conference Œ07], California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Pomona, CA. April 2007.

2007   What¹s At Stake: Brokering Understanding Among Diverse Stakeholders in Applied/Practice Settings. Panel discussion session organized and moderated for the Biennial Meetings of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. Manhattan Beach, CA.March 2007.

2005   An Unintended Legacy of Finland¹s 19th Century Fennomania Movement: A Cohesive Finnish Immigrant Community in Los Angeles. Paper. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC. December 1, 2005.

2005   Alcohol, Free Will and Social Control in Finland. Paper. Annual Meeting for the Society for Applied Anthropology. Santa Fe, New Mexico. April 7, 2005.

2004   Qualitative Research Methods Used in Anthropological Studies of Drug and Alcohol Use. Paper. Pre-Symposium Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods in Alcohol and Drug Research, Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium, Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, May 31, 2004.

2003   Kaamosmasennus [Polar Night Gloom] in Finland: Seasonal Effects on Affect in the Circumpolar North. Poster. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 2003.

2003   Through the Drinking Glass Darkly: Seasonal Fluctuation in Intoxication and Emotion in Finland. Poster. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Psychological Anthropology, San Diego, April 2003.

2003   Social and Cultural Aspects of Alcohol Consumption in Finland. Paper. Annual Joint Meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology and Society for Medical Anthropology, Portland, March 2003.

2002   Environmental and Context Variables Affecting Adolescent Substance Abuse: A Finland/United States Comparison. Paper. Annual Joint Meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology and Society for Medical Anthropology, Atlanta, March 2002.

2001   Patient Perspectives on Substance Abuse Treatment in California. Paper. China/UK HIV-AIDS Prevention and Care Conference, Beijing, China, January 2001.  [Note: co-authored with second author M.L. Brecht]

Research and Interests

5 keywords that describe your topical areas of specialization:
sociocultural, medical, psychocultural, educational, applied

Geographic areas of specialization:
United States; past research located in Finland and China

Current Projects:
• Ongoing applied anthropology work undertaken in partnership with new and veteran administrators of local schools focusing on professional development of teachers and school culture. See above biography for a description of this project.

• “The China Adoption Generation: 1990-2005”. This new project combines ethnographic work with families who have adopted children from China with a social history approach that uses these families’ experiences to put a human face on the migration of over 200,000 infants and young children from China to the United States between 1990 and 2005. This is a multifaceted project looking at family perceptions of health and well-being of their children; family activities surrounding heritage preservation; family involvement with the emerging homeland tourism trend; and ways in which family explanatory models of the childrens’ origins, migration, and “coming home” stories vary and change as the children grow older.

• “Heritage Reclamation and Identity In The American Scots-Irish Diaspora and Ireland’s Ulster Scot Communities”. In this new work I am taking a combined social history/ethnographic research approach to understand how identities within these related and yet distinct set of peoples are currently being recast, rethought and reclaimed through music, food, church, politics and -- not least -- through online social networks forged through and other new heritage preservation sites.