Robert Lemelson is an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at UCLA. His areas of specialty are Southeast-Asian studies, psychological anthropology, and transcultural psychiatry. As a documentary filmmaker and psychological anthropologist, his work focuses on personal experience, culture, and mental illness in Indonesia and the United States. He directed and produced the Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia series, a Limited Series Award Nominee for the 2010 IDA Documentary Awards. The six-part series, shot over the course of 12 years in Bali and Java, Indonesia, is a result of longitudinal ethnographic fieldwork exploring the relationship between culture, mental illness, and personal experience. Dr. Lemelson is also the founder and president of the Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR), whose mission is to advance and support interdisciplinary research and training in neuroscience, psychiatry, and anthropology.
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