Postdoctoral scholar
Specialty: Medical Sociology, Social Psychology, Cognition & Memory, Science and Technology

Brandon Berry is a postdoctoral scholar at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Specializing in medical sociology, social psychology, cognition and memory, he conducts research in the social consequences of new medical technology, the social psychology of scientific work and the social psychology of forgetfulness and cognitive decline.

Berry is mentored by Assistant Professor Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano. In a current ethnographic book project, “Dummy Medicine: Training American Doctors with Simulated Human Bodies,” he and a co-author investigate the social context and consequences of using simulated human bodies, such as high-fidelity mannequins, to train medical doctors. He also currently investigates how social relationships between academic bench scientists influence their scientific work. The study, “The Social Psychology of Scientific Work," involves collecting data through participant-observation of lab and collaborative team meetings and 50 in-depth interviews with scientists.

Berry previously examined how family members minimized bouts of confusion and disorientation using idiosyncratic cognitive support techniques and how families managed the risks of functional decline across the progression of dementia. He has also researched how individuals engaged in medication regimen adjustments and covert drugging to control family members with Alzheimer’s.

Berry earned a Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Sociology at UCLA in 2012. From 2012 to 2013, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University’s Center for Aging and Human Development.