Beth Semel
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Beth Semel

Beth focuses on the training and practices of clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, especially in regards to how they develop and come to make use of professional expertise as well as causal models of difference in mental health experience and symptom expression. She hopes to investigate the discourse of "cultural competence" and its role in diagnostic and treatment practices within Haitian mental health care programs in the US and in the restructuring of the mental health care system in post-quake Haiti. She is also interested in the psychological/psychiatric assessment tools, techniques of analysis and interpretation, and the relationship between mental health care and the hard sciences.

Beth holds an MA in Anthropology from Brandeis University, and a BA in Writing and Literature from Emerson College.

Key words

medical and linguistic anthropology; history of psychology/psychiatry; expertise; professionalization; Haiti; US



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