Dori Beeler

Dori Beeler

Barnard 244A

Dr. Dori Beeler is an applied medical anthropologist whose work spans across spirituality, medicine, Science and Technology Studies, public health, and oncology. Since 2015, she has worked in academic and applied work across the US and UK in collaboration with many disciplines and private, and public institutions. Her current work is focused on Implementation Science and collaborative projects investigating cancer-related fatigue across the cancer continuum. She employs mixed-methods research to inform evidence-based interventions aimed at improving patient-centered cancer care.


  • Ph.D. Durham University, UK, Anthropology, 2015
  • M.A. Durham University, UK, Anthropology, 2011
  • B.F.A. California State University, Fullerton, Fine Art, Minor in Anthropology, 1995


  • Fundamentals of Social and Cultural Anthropology (undergraduate)
  • Anthropology of Religion (undergraduate)
  • Anthropology of Food (undergraduate)
  • Witchcraft and Magic (undergraduate)
  • Medical Anthropology, Writing Intensive (undergraduate)
  • Ethnography of Medical Institutions (combined undergraduate and graduate course)
  • Ethnographic Methods (combined undergraduate and graduate course)


  • Medical anthropology
  • Supportive Oncology/Integrative Oncology
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Caregivers
  • Childhood cancer
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Spirituality
  • Implementation Science
  • Patient-reported outcome measures
  • Applied anthropology
  • Rapid Ethnography


2013 HE Unltd*, Social Enterprise Grant

2016 Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Small Grants Awards

2017-2020 The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)

2020 Society of Integrative Oncology (SIO) 2020 Virtual Conference

Scholarship Award

2020 Hrabowski Innovation Award


Beeler, D and Jonker J. In press. Reiki Practice and the body as a mediator for religiosity. In: Pati, G. and Greenberg, Y. (eds.) Routledge Handbook on Religion and the Body. Routledge.

Wharton, B., Beeler, D.M., and Cooper, S. 2022. The “Day Zero Talk”: the Initial Communication of a Pediatric Oncology Diagnosis by Primary Care Physicians and Other Primary Care Providers. Journal of Cancer Education, 37(3), pp.728-738.

Beeler, D., Paré-Blagoev, E.J., Jacobson, L.A. and Ruble, K. 2021. Educating childhood cancer survivors: a qualitative analysis of parents mobilizing social and cultural capital. Journal of Cancer Education, 36(4), pp.819-825.

Bezuidenhout L. and Beeler, D. 2021. Dynamic Boundaries: Using Boundary Work to Rethink Scientific Virtues. In: Stapleford, Thomas A. and Ratti, E. (eds.) Science, Technology, and Virtues: Contemporary Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Beeler, D.M. 2020. When my four-year-old got cancer: a retrospective on resilience in a paediatric oncology ward. Anthropology & medicine, 27(3), pp.347-362.

Bezuidenhout, L., Ratti, E., Warne, N., and Beeler, D. 2019. Docility as a primary virtue in scientific research. Minerva, 57, pp.67-84.

Beeler, D.M. and Jonker, J. 2019. Health and religion. Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology. Published July 31.

Bezuidenhout, L. and Beeler, D., 2019. Docility is not passiveness: teaching learners to learn in science education. Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences.

Beeler, D. 2018. A reiki sense of well-being. Anthropology News website. January 24. doi:10.1111/AN.747 (

Beeler, D. 2017. Reiki as surrender: evidence of an external authority. Journal of contemporary religion, 32(3), pp.465-478.

Beeler DM. 2016. An Ethnographic Account of Reiki Practice in Britain. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.