Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the Director of Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his MD from the University of Missouri, MA in humanities/poetics and Psychiatric internship/residency from Stanford University, and PhD in American Culture from University of Michigan. A 2008 Guggenheim fellow, Professor Metz has written extensively for medical, psychiatric, and popular publications. His books include The Protest Psychosis, Prozac on the Couch, and Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality.
Helena Hansen, an MD, PhD psychiatrist-anthropologist, is Professor and Chair of research Theme in Translational Social Science and Health Equity at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. She has published widely in clinical and social science journals ranging from JAMA and NEJM to Social Science and Medicine and Medical Anthropology, on faith healing of addiction in Puerto Rico, psychiatric disability under welfare reform, opioids and race, ethnic marketing of pharmaceuticals, and structural competency. Her first book, Addicted to Christ: Remaking Men in Puerto Rican Pentecostal Drug Ministries was published by University of California Press in 2018, and her second book, Structural Competency in Medicine and Mental Health: A Case-Based Approach to Treating the Social Determinants of Health, with co-editor Jonathan Metzl, was published by Springer Press in 2019. Her third book, Whiteout: How Racial Capital Changed the Color of Heroin in America, is forthcoming from UC Press. She has received major funding from NIDA, the Mellon Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Open Society Foundation.
Kelly Ray Knight, PhD, is Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine. Her work centers on the social construction of addiction in clinical and policy contexts, racialized health disparities, and health conditions produced or exacerbated by structural violence. She conducts National Institutes of Health-funded ethnographic research focused on the US opioid overdose epidemic, and the mental and physical health sequelae of housing and substance use policies. Dr. Knight has authored numerous publications in the fields of public health, social science and medicine. Her award-winning ethnography, addicted.pregnant.poor (Duke University Press, 2015) is widely used to advocate for decreased stigma and increased services for women with substance use disorders. She received a B.A. from Georgetown University, a M.Ed. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from University of California – San Francisco/Berkeley. Dr. Knight teaches in the UCSF/UCB doctoral program in medical anthropology, the UCSF Institute of Global Health Sciences, and addiction medicine and structural competency in the UCSF School of Medicine.
Seth Holmes is Associate Professor and Chair of Society and Environment and Medical Anthropology, Co-Chair of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, and an active member of the Structural Competency Working Group.  An anthropologist and physician, he has worked on social hierarchies, health inequities, and the ways in which such asymmetries are naturalized, normalized, and resisted in the context of transnational im/migration, agro-food systems, and health care. He is author of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. He has received awards from the fields of anthropology, sociology and geography, including the Margaret Mead Award. In addition to scholarly publications, he has written for popular media such as The Huffington PostThe Guardian, and and spoken on multiple NPR, PRI, Pacifica Radio and Radio Bilingüe programs.  
Cara McGuinness, CNM, MS, is a nurse-midwife at Boston Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at Boston University. She has recently worked to integrate structural competency curriculum into nursing and medical residency education programs in California and Massachusetts. Cara is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco and a member of the leadership team of the Structural Competency Working Group, based in Berkeley, California. 

Josh Neff is a psychiatry resident at UCLA and a founding member of the Structural Competency Working Group, through which he facilitated the development, evaluation, and revision of the group’s core training. Josh received his MD from UCSF, and studied medical anthropology for his MS at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Before starting medical training Josh led backpacking trips for teenagers and worked as a whitewater rafting guide; he also served as a Health Coach at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, an HIV Test Counselor at the Berkeley Free Clinic, and a medical scribe in the emergency department at San Francisco General Hospital.
Shannon Satterwhite, Ph.D., is a medical student in the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program and a graduate of the UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Program in Medical Anthropology. Her dissertation, Patients are Waiting, is an ethnographic study of the logics and practices surrounding time in safety net primary care clinics. It addresses the sociopolitical structures that create time scarcity and the ways in which clinicians and administrators address time as an ethical problem in practice. Shannon also co-authored an article on how socially structured time scarcity influences pain management opioid prescribing practices in safety net settings. Shannon contributed to the development of structural competency curricula as a member and co-coordinator of the Structural Competency Working Group and has co-authored several papers related to this work.
Jayinee Basu, OMS4, is a Kolkata-born writer and medical student at Touro University California, where she helped develop curriculum in Structural Competency and acted as a peer facilitator. She is a trainer in the Structural Competency Working Group. She received her BA in Literature/Writing and Political Science with a minor in Studio Art from UC San Diego, has aided research in interoception and pain, social cognition in neurodegenerative disease, and co-authored papers on neuronal excitotoxicity. She is the author of a book of poems entitled Asuras, the science fiction novella The City of Folding Faces, and is the English translator of HJBRL by Sukumar Ray. After medical school, she plans to pursue psychiatry.
Sonia Mendoza-Grey, MA’s main academic interests are in the social determinants of health and minority health. Current major areas of focus include structural influences on behavior and qualitative research methods. As a doctoral student, Mendoza uses her ethnographic and quantitative research methods to study clinical cultures, the production of medical knowledge, and dissemination of health interventions in ethnic minority communities.
Eloho Akpovi was born in Nigeria and raised in Boston. After graduating from MIT in 2014 with a B.S. in brain and cognitive sciences, Eloho served as a Community HealthCorps member (AmeriCorps) at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center in Boston. She then went on to pursue her M.S. in medical sciences at Boston University School of Medicine prior to entering medical school. Through various OB/GYN research projects at Boston Medical Center, she researched anal cancer prevention in the HIV+ population and examined the use of participatory-action research to improve prenatal care delivery with both low-SES pregnant women and pregnant women with substance use disorder. Eloho is a 4th year medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School (AMS) of Brown University in the dual MD-ScM degree Primary Care-Population Medicine (PC-PM) program, and plans on pursuing a career in obstetrics and adolescent family planning. She serves as the national Health Policy & Legislative Affairs committee co-chairperson and member of the Board of Directors for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the President of the Medical Student Senate at AMS, and a student member on the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Her passions include advocating for health equity, racial justice, and an appreciation of intersectionality through education, research, policy change, and practice.
Francisco Ortega is Professor in the Institute for Social Medicine of the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Director of the Brazil Center for Global Health, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine of King’s College, London. He is also Member of the Steering Committee of the Global Social Medicine Network and Member of the Advisory Board of the Movement for Global Mental Health. His research examines the many emerging ‘neuro-disciplines’ such as neuroethics, cultural neuroscience, neuroaesthetics, and the cerebralization of autism and other psychiatric disorders.In addition, he has undertaken qualitative research on the mechanisms of social and personal identity formation in individuals diagnosed with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)in Brazil and on the challenges for implementing global mental health policies in Brazil. His books include Corporeality, Medical Technologies and Contemporary Culture, and with Fernando Vidal, Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject, and Neurocultures: Glimpses Into an Expanding Universe.
Tinashe Goronga, MBChb (UZ) is a MPH-HSDC candidate Institute of Tropical Medicine and is part of the Social Medicine Consortium Global Campaign Against Racism
Lillian Walkover is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Health at Drexel University. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 2018. A sociologist of global health with an interdisciplinary orientation, her work focuses on the production, valuation and movement of health knowledges, both globally and in the US. Her doctoral work focused on how health knowledges are produced and travel through an analysis of the translation and adaptation of “Where There Is No Doctor,” the most widely used health manual in the world. In addition, she works with the Structural Competency Working Group to use structural competency and other social science frameworks for health professions education. Her postdoctoral research with Susan Bell, PhD, is a study of the experiences and career paths of physicians who enter the US as refugees.
Sewit Bereket, MPH received her degree in Epidemiology from Columbia University, where she worked on a large-scale NIH-funded HIV prevention study and was a graduate teaching assistant in Biostatistics. She currently manages and conducts program evaluation of the Substance Abuse Research Education and Training (SARET) program, an NIH-funded educational and research initiative within the Department of Population Health.