Stephanie Jean Lloyd, PhD

Associate Researcher, Douglas Research Centre

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Université Laval

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University


Expertise: Suicide, medical anthropology, cultural neuroscience, epigenetics, psychiatric practices, interdisciplinary research, Quebec, Nunavut, France

Stephanie Jean Lloyd’s work is historically grounded and aims to contextualize changing theories of and interventions for mood and anxiety disorders in Canada and France. This includes analyses of the global movement of psychiatric knowledge and care as it concerns social phobia and most recently the ways in which epigenetic and neuroscience research is transforming understandings of depression and suicide. She is particularly interested in how, based on emerging epigenetic and neuroscience research, scientists theorize depression and suicide, psychiatrists alter their understandings and treatments of patients and patients experience their disorders or perceive their ‘at risk’ states. At the core of her interests are key concepts of identity such as volition, normalcy and relatedness and a study of the ways in which the relationship between biology and society is actively being re-imagined in epigenetic and neuroscience research.



  • Handbook of Body and Society. London: Palgrave, 2017. Editors: Maurizio Meloni, Jonathan Crombie, Des Fitzgerald, and Stephanie Lloyd.


  • 2017, “Epigenetics and the suicidal brain: reconsidering context in an emergent style of reasoning”, in Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society. Editors: Maurizio Meloni, Jonathan Cromby, Des Fitzgerald and Stephanie Lloyd. Authors: Stephanie Lloyd and Eugene Raikhel.
  • 2017, “Introducing the New Biosocial Landscape”, in Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society. Editors: Maurizio Meloni, Jonathan Cromby, Des Fitzgerald and Stephanie Lloyd. Authors : Maurizio Meloni, Jonathan Cromby, Des Fitzgerald and Stephanie Lloyd.
  • 2016. “Suicide and the Epigenetic Turn”, in The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology (previously, Vital Signs). Editors : Lenore Manderson, Anita Hardon and Elizabeth Cartwright. (case study) London: Routledge. Author: Stephanie Lloyd.
  • 2013 “Spasmophilia, Social Phobia and the State: The Remedicalization of French Anxiety”, in Troubling ‘Natural’ Categories: A Tribute to the Career of Margaret Lock. Editors: Naomi Adelson, Leslie Butt, and Karina Kielmann. Montréal: McGill-Queens University Press. Author: Stephanie Lloyd.


  • 2018. Situating the Biosocial: Empirical Engagements with Environmental Epigenetics from the Lab to the Clinic. Biosocieties, volume 13, issue 4, pp. 675-680. Authors: Stephanie Lloyd and Ruth Müller. 
  • 2018. “It Was There All Along”: Situated Uncertainty and the Politics of Publication in Environmental Epigenetics. Biosocieties, volume 13, issue 4, pp. 737-760 special issue edited by Stephanie Lloyd and Ruth Müller. Authors: Stephanie Lloyd and Eugene Raikhel. 
  • 2017. “A Biosocial Genome? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Environmental Epigenetics, Health and Society”, EMBO Reports, auteurs: Ruth Müller, Clare Hanson, Mark Hanson, M., Penkler, M., Samaras, G., Chiapperino, Dupre, J., Kenney, M., Kuzawa, C., Latimer, J., Lloyd, S., Lunker, A., MacDonald, M., Meloni, M., Nerlich, B., Panese, F., Pickersgill, M., Richardson, S., Rüegg J., Schmitz, S., Stelmach, A., Villa, P.