Ryan Dougherty is a second year PhD student in Social Welfare. He received a BS in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and Master of Social Welfare from UCLA. Throughout his undergraduate career, Ryan coordinated research examining the lived-experiences of people with disabilities. Concurrently, he assisted in research in both experimental psychopathology and pharmacogenomics to examine the cognitive mechanisms of psychotic disorders and effects of prescribed psychotropic drugs. These experiences have motivated Ryan to examine how political and social systems shape the use and experiences of taking psychiatric medications, particularly among people diagnosed with severe mental illnesses in community contexts. Currently, he is pursuing his research through a field-based ethnography in Los Angeles County through the UCLA Center for Social Medicine and Humanities with Drs. Joel Braslow and Philippe Bourgois, and is under the mentorship of Dr. David Cohen in Social Welfare.