Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
She has worked for many years as a clinical psychologist in a variety of settings, such as academia, community mental health, private practice, and the theater. Her interests include psychoanalytic theory and practice, child development, cross-cultural psychology, women's studies, theater, and Puerto Rican culture.
This course will give an overview of two major psychological theories, attachment and psychoanalytic theories. These theories emphasize the development and derailment of relationships. We will use these theoretical perspectives to explore the interpersonal, intersubjective, and intrapsychic dimensions of our relational worlds. Historical and cross-cultural aspects of these psychological approaches will be integrated throughout our discussions. Primary and secondary sources, memoirs, clinical cases and research, and plays/film will be used to illustrate psychological concepts based on relational patterns. We will elaborate on possible interdisciplinary applications of these theoretical frameworks. This is an advanced seminar; instructor permission required.
This course will introduce the students to ideas and controversies related to the concept of abnormality/normality in psychology. In order to discuss and explore these concepts, we will present an overview of contemporary diagnostic categories as described in the DSM-V, the diagnostic manual used in the field of mental health. The course will emphasize the social and historical context for our culture's ideals and assumptions about mental illness. In order to reflect on the experience(s) of mental illness, films, case studies, and memoirs will be included. This is an advanced course in Hampshire's Culture, Brain and Development Program and is geared to Division II and III students.