University of California, Riverside

Center for Healthy Communities



Ann Cheney


Ann Cheney

Assistant Professor, Center for Healthy Communities
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2010

Ann Cheney

Ann Cheney is a health services researcher who is an assistant professor in the Center for Healthy Communities at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.

Prior to arriving at UCR in January 2015, Cheney was assistant professor of psychiatry in the Division of Health Services Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and research health scientist in Health Services Research & Development at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

She is a medical anthropologist with research experience in mental health and substance use health services. Her work addresses health disparities in underserved populations, including women in rural communities, veterans, and ethnic and racial minorities; and she uses ethnographic methods, qualitative and mixed-methods designs, and community-based participatory approaches. She has conducted research on eating disorders among minority women in the U.S. and educated women in rural areas of Italy, substance use among African Americans in the Arkansas Delta region, and trauma among women veterans.

Cheney has also led projects using principals of community-based participatory research, including a cross-Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) pilot project on trust in community-based research and a VA-funded project establishing a veteran-to-veteran peer support and linkage to care program at colleges in rural Arkansas. She also served as co-investigator on a PCORI-funded study of mental health needs of rural African-Americans in the Arkansas Delta.

Cheney is currently participating as a scholar in the NIDA-funded HIV/AIDS Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program at UCLA, and is working with investigators at the Greater Los Angeles VA on projects addressing the unique health needs of women veterans. She is also an affiliate scholar in the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention at the University of Connecticut.

Selected Publications

  • Cheney, A.M. (2013). Altering the social: An Ethnographic Exploration of the Significance of Food Refusal in Southern Italy. Food and Foodways, 21(2), 87-108. doi: 10.1080/07409710.2013.792191
  • Cheney, A.M., Curran, G.M., Booth, B.M., Sullivan, S., Stewart, K.E., Borders, T.F. (2014). The Religious and Spiritual Dimensions of Cutting Down and Stopping Cocaine Use: A Qualitative Exploration Among African Americans in the South. Journal of Drug Issues, 44, 94-113.
  • Cheney, A.M., Booth, B.M., Davis, T., Mengeling, M., Torner, J.C., Sadler, A.G. (2014). The Role of Borderline Personality Disorder and Depression in the Relationship between Sexual Assault and BMI among Women Veterans. Violence and Victims. 29(5). http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-12-00171
  • Cheney, A.M., Dunn, A., Booth, B.M., Frith, L., Curran, G.M. (2014). The Intersections of Gender and Power in Women Veterans Experiences of Substance Use and VA Care. In Anthropology Goes Public in the Veterans Administration, Besterman-Dahan K and Hamilton A, eds. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 21(35), 353-375.
  • Cheney, A.M., Marcus, R., Frank, C., Ostrach, B., Ball, C., Erickson, P.I. (2014). A Culture of Future Planning: Perceptions of Sexual Risk Among Educated Young Adults. Qualitative Health Research; 24(10):1451-62. PMID:25156216

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