2015–2016 Seminars

Families Under the Microscope: Repeated Sampling of Perceptions, Experiences, Biology, and Behavior

May 25, 2016 | 11:30–1:30pm
UCLA Anthropology Reading Room, Haines Hall 352

Rena Repetti, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, UCLA

Families are not frozen dioramas; they are alive, active, and changing. Models of real-life marital and family processes require many moving pieces. An intensive repeated measures approach reaches beyond static representations of the family toward more dynamic models that depict “life as it is lived.” The appearance of studies that use diaries and biological sampling in everyday life has burgeoned in the family research literature. These methods are part of a larger class of naturalistic methods that assess families in action and that includes direct video and audio recordings of families in their everyday environments. This article summarizes research that uses diaries, observations, and biological data collected over time in natural settings to study families. It provides an overview of the major research questions, designs, methods of data collection, and statistical models used in those literatures. Theoretical contributions and next steps in naturalistic research on families are discussed.


Repetti, R. L. (2015). Families under the microscope: Repeated samplings of perceptions, experiences, biology, and behavior. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77, 126–46. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12143.

The Use of Psilocybin in Psychiatry: An Experimental Model in Advance-Stage Cancer Patients with Anxiety

April 27, 2016 | 12:00–2:00 pm
UCLA Anthropology Reading Room, Haines Hall 352

Charles S. Grob, MD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; Founding Board Member and Director of Clinical Research, The Heffter Institute

2015 CBDMH Summer Fieldwork Program Students Present

February 24, 2016 | 12:00–2:00 pm
UCLA Anthropology Committee Room, Haines Hall 357

This summer the CBDMH supported two UCLA doctoral students and one USC doctoral student to participate in research at our international site in Mexico. The following students will present:

  • Kathryn Hale (Anthropology, UCLA) – Puebla, Mexico – “Family Matters in Puebla”
  • Adrienne Lynett (Applied Linguistics, UCLA) – Oaxaca, Mexico – “From la Mixteca to California: Tracing the geographical, cultural, and linguistic origins of indigenous Mexican migrants”
  • Sylvanna Vargas (Clinical Science, USC) – Puebla, Mexico – “Cultural Pathways to Psychosis Care: Field Notes from Puebla, Mexico”

Families, Children, and Adults with Autism in India: An Update on the CBDMH/Action for Autism Collaborative Study

January 27, 2016 | 11:30–1:30pm
UCLA Anthropology Reading Room, Haines Hall 352

Thomas Weisner, PhD, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCLA; CBDMH Culture & Disability Co-PI


Daley T., Weisner T., Singhal N. (2014, September). Adults with autism in India: A mixed methods approach to make meaning of daily routines.

Brezis R., Weisner T., et al. (2015). Parenting a Child with Autism in India: Narratives Before and After a Parent-Child Intervention Program.

Daley, T. (2015). Methods that Matter – Chapter 11: Lessons Learned from Parents of Adults with Autism in India.

Duration of Untreated Psychosis Among Latinos: Preliminary Findings

October 28, 2015 | 12:30–2:30 pm
UCLA Anthropology Reading Room, Haines Hall 352

A panel of investigators from USC will report preliminary findings from a communication campaign to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis among Latinos. They will draw on the 15-month baseline data collected prior to launching the communication campaign.

An overview of the La CLAve Project and Dur ation of Untreated Psychosis of Latinos with First-Episode Psychosis at Baseline 
Steven R. Lopez, PhD, Department of Psychology, USC

Recruitment of Latinos with First-Episode Psychosis: Challenges and Strategies
Mercedes Hernandez, PhD, LCSW, Department of Psychology, USC

Psychosis Literacy of Latino Caregivers and Their Ill Relatives with First-­Episode Psychosis
Diana Gamez, BA, Project Assistant, La CLAve Project, Department of Psychology, USC

Psychosis Literacy of Latino Community Residents in the Sana Fernando Valley
William A. Vega, PhD, School of Social Work, USC