Rebecca J. Lester Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

Rebecca J. Lester, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, is a professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and a practicing psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders, trauma, personality disorders, mood disorders, and gender/sexuality issues. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California in San Diego and completed an NIMH post-doctoral fellowship in Culture and Mental Health at the University of Chicago. After joining the anthropology faculty at Washington University in St. Louis she earned her Master of Social Work degree at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. In 2010, Dr. Lester started Lumen Psychotherapy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers low-fee mental health services in the St. Louis area. 

Dr. Lester is the author of the award-winning book Jesus in Our Wombs (2005, University of California Press) as well as numerous academic articles. Her most recent book, Famished: Eating Disorders and Failed Care in America, was released in November 2019 by the University of California Press. She is currently editor-in-chief of the journal Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry and president of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. 

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