CBDMH Directors

Douglas Hollan

PhD, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCLA
Member, Board of Directors, Foundation for Psychocultural Research

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Douglas Hollan, PhD is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of California, Los Angeles; Instructor at the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute; and President of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. His research interests include psychological anthropology; cross-cultural psychiatry; person-centered ethnography; and the cross-cultural study of mind, consciousness, and mental disorder. He is the co-author ofContentment and Suffering: Culture and Experience in Toraja(1994) andThe Thread of Life: Toraja Reflections on the Life Cycle.Dr. Hollan is currently conducting cross-cultural studies of dreams, consciousness, and cultural idioms of distress. He is a member of the FPR Board, and holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and in Psychoanalysis.

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Steven R. Lpez

PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, USC
Member, Board of Directors, Foundation for Psychocultural Research

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Steven R. Lpez, PhDis a Professor of Psychology and Social Work at the University of Southern California. His research provides a critical cultural perspective to the study of psychopathology, assessment, and intervention of Latinos and other ethnic minority groups. In one line of research, his research team has developed a heuristic model of cultural competence for clinical practice, which, with support from Californias Mental Health Services Act, they are currently testing. In a second line of research, Professor Lpez studies the relationship of family factors and the course of schizophrenia, particularly among Mexican American families. One of their aims is to better understand the role of emotional over involvement and its relationship to relapse. In collaboration with Dr. Carmen Lara in Puebla, Mexico and Dr. Alex Kopelowicz at UCLA, Dr. Lpez has also developed a public education campaign to help Spanish speaking family members recognize the key signs of psychosis so that they will be able to seek services promptly. With support from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Dr. Lpez and Dr. Lara direct asummer research-training program in Puebla, Mexico. Among the goals is to increase the number of researchers committed to studying disparities in mental health care for Latinos in the United States.

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