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 tutorial will introduce the students to the major controversies debated in the study of mental illness. The course will be part of a series of seminars designed to explore the epistemological, theoretical, and practice implications of concepts of mental illness in relation to culture. Questions to be addressed include: what is mental illness? Who defines it? How have the categories changed over time (historically) and place (culturally)? How is mental illness related to ideas of the "person", the "mind"? How is mental illness "embodied"? In our views of the "Other", what can we know about our-selves? This course is less about finding out about other cultures, and more about discovering "something" about our ideals and our prejudices. Particular emphasis will be placed on the experience of mental illness; depictions and narratives of mental illness such as those portrayed and/ or imagined in film, memoir, fiction, and other first-person accounts will be highlighted throughout the course.
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.