Beth Semel
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Beth Semel

Beth draws on psychological anthropology, medical anthropology, and science and technology studies (STS) to examine how efforts to transform psychology and psychiatry into “harder” sciences shape techniques of self-care, as well as how these efforts might affect the accessibility and distribution of mental health care services. In particular, she focuses on the development, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatments (EBTs), especially cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Current projects explore the ascription of scientific and economic value to certain therapeutic interventions over others, how human actors and technological agents co-constitute evidence of a therapy’s efficaciousness in research and treatment practices, and how developments in neuroscience, health care policy, and digital technologies influence the production and practice of EBTs. She is also interested in exploring the US National Institute of Mental Health’s Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project, as it unfolds.

Key words

psychology; psychiatry; therapy; evidence; expertise; practice; health care; mind/brain/body



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