Carole Browner, M.P.H., Ph.D.


Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Professor In-Residence, Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Contact Information

Fax Number: (310) 794-6297
Work Phone Number: (310) 794-6299

Work Address:

Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
760 Westwood Plaza
Mail Code 175919
Los Angeles, CA 90024


Carole H. Browner is a medical anthropologist with additional training in public health. She joined the UCLA School of Medicine Faculty in 1983 in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and has been a full professor since 1993, as well as a professor in the Department of Anthropology since 1987. Professor Browner also served on the faculty of Wayne State University, Universitat Rovira I Virgil (Tarragona, Spain) and Columbia University. She earned her bachelor's degree from the New School for Social Research and a Master's and doctorate in anthropology from UC-Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Public Health from the same institution. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Health Care Policy Research, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as by a number of private foundations. She has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the State of California's Birth Defects Monitoring Program and serves on the Executive or Advisory Boards of several University of California institutes including UC MEXUS, the Institute for American Cultures, the Institute for Development Studies, Latin American Center, and the Center for the Study of Women. She serves as consultant on a wide variety of research projects on womenA?s and Latino health issues in southern California, on the U. S. Mexican border, and in Mexico. Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender, reproduction, and health. In Cali, Colombia she investigated the circumstances that led pregnant women with unintended conceptions to seek illegal abortion. In rural Mexico, she sought to understand how local political relations shape gender-based reproductive strategies. Since 1989, she has worked in the U. S. on issues surrounding the medicalization of pregnancy and prenatal care, particularly the impact of genetic information on reproductive experience. In other ongoing work she is investigating the meanings and usefulness of genetic diagnoses for patients suffering from progressive neurodegenerative disorders, their family caregivers and their clinicians.


A selected list of publications:

Withers Mellissa, Browner Carole H   The changing contexts of fertility outcomes: case studies from a remote village in Bali, Indonesia Culture, health & sexuality, 2012; 14(3): 347-60.
Markens Susan, Browner Carole H, Mabel Preloran H   Interrogating the dynamics between power, knowledge and pregnant bodies in amniocentesis decision making Sociology of health & illness, 2010; 32(1): 37-56.
Frank Gelya, Blackhall Leslie J, Murphy Sheila T, Michel Vicki, Azen Stanley P, Preloran Haydee Mabel, Browner Carole H   Ambiguity and hope: disclosure preferences of less acculturated elderly Mexican Americans concerning terminal cancer--a case story Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics : CQ : the international journal of healthcare ethics committees, 2002; 11(2): 117-26.
Gelberg Lillian, Leake Barbara, Lu Michael C, Andersen Ronald, Nyamathi Adeline M, Morgenstern Hal, Browner Carole   Chronically homeless women's perceived deterrents to contraception Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health, 2002; 34(6): 278-85.
Harvey S Marie, Beckman Linda J, Browner Carole H, Sherman Christy A   Relationship power, decision making, and sexual relations: an exploratory study with couples of Mexican origin Journal of sex research, 2002; 39(4): 284-91.
Browner Carole H, Preloran H Mabel   Male partners' role in Latinas' amniocentesis decisions Journal of genetic counseling, 1999; 8(2): 85-108.