Photo: The Dish, Stanford University.

Conferences & Lectures

International

  • “Why Do Women Have Sexual Fantasies Involving Rape?” Feminist and Women’s Studies Association Biennial Conference 2015: Everyday Encounters With Violence: Critical Feminist Perspectives. Leeds University, UK. September 9, 2015.
  • “A Phenomenology of Violence.” Violence in/and the Great Lakes: The Thought of VY Mudimbe and Beyond. A Colloquium of the Thinking Africa project, Department of Political and International Studies, Rhodes University. Grahamstown, South Africa. August 8, 2013.
  • “Reading CG Jung’s The Red Book as Performative Text and Journey Out of Madness.” Confined Spaces: Considering Performance, Madness, and Psychiatry. Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, UK. September 18, 2012.
  • “How Do We Heal A Traumatized Leviathan?” Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization, University of Hull, UK. September 14, 2012.
  • “The Dual Role of Cultural Dissociation: Defense Against Grief, Catalyst of Cultural Change.” CRESC Annual Conference, Promises: Crisis and Socio-Cultural Change. University of Manchester, UK. September 6, 2012.
  • “Re-Storying the Self Through the Body: A Subversive Tale?” After the Crisis: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Narratives of Traumatic Events. University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. June 8, 2012.
  • “A World Absent Emotions?” International Society of Critical Health Psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. 10 July 2009.
  • “What Does It Mean To Be Human?” International Society of Critical Health Psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. 9 July 2009.
  • “Why Does Prozac Work?” International Society for Theoretical Psychology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. June 19, 2007.
  • “Disease in the Information Age.” Making Sense of: Health, Illness, and Disease. Mansfield College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK. July 5, 2005.
  • “A Feminist, Postmodern Conception of the Trauma Model.” Biennial Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology. University of Cape Town, South Africa. June 20, 2005.
  • “Postmodern Diagnosing: Self Before Science in the Search for Identity.” Narrative Matters 2004: The Power of Story in a Postmodern World. St. Thomas University & The University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. May 22, 2004.
  • “Am I That Disease?” NARRATIVES of Disease, Disability, and Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Conference. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. May 10, 2002.

National

  • Coping With Traumatic Stress In Emergency Medicine Personnel.” 23rd Annual Kaiser National Emergency Medicine Conference. San Diego, CA. October 9, 2014.
  • “The Role of the Image in Body-Focused Psychotherapy.” United States Association for Body Psychotherapy. Boulder, CO. August 11, 2012.
  • “If Not Biomedical Psychiatry, Then What? Trauma-Informed Care.” International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry. Los Angeles, CA. October 28, 2011.
  • “Who Are the Incarcerated Mentally Ill?” At “Mental Health and the Law.” Ninth Annual Conference of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, in collaboration with The American University Washington College of Law. Washington, DC. October, 7, 2006.
  • “Growing Up On the Borderline: The Sociocultural Origins of Borderline Personality Disorder.” Eighth Annual Conference of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology. New York City, New York. October 9, 2004.
  • “Moods in Context.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology. New Orleans, LA. April 13, 2001.

Regional

  • From Moral Injury to Moral Repair: Veterans and the journey to wholeness after war. College of San Mateo, San Matero, CA. January 12, 2017.
  • Responding to Moral Injury in Veterans, VALOR Center Conference on Moral Injury, John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA. November 5, 2016.
  • Keynote Address: “Care for the Caregiver.” Avenidas Caregiver Conference. Palo Alto, CA. October 18, 2014.
  • “Life and Illness in Late Modern America.” Beatrice M. Bain Research Group, Gender & Women Studies, University of California. Berkeley, CA. April 4, 2006.
  • “When Trauma Came Home: Mental Illness and Emotional Distress in Late Modern America.” Beatrice M. Bain Research Group, Gender & Women Studies, University of California. Berkeley, CA. November 8, 2005.
  • “Reforming Mental Health Services.” Panelist, Education & Training Sub-Committee Behavioral Health Innovations Task Force for the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63), San Francisco, CA. June 6, 2005.
  • “Making Sense of the Emergence of Dissociative Identity Disorder in Late Modern/Postmodern America.” Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Stanford University. December 15, 2004.
  • “Listening for Pathos in Psychiatry’s Tales of Pathology: The Normative Existences of Incest Survivors.” Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Stanford University. April 14, 2004.
  • “The Search for Selfhood in the Mental Health Sciences.” Counseling and Psychological Services, Vaden Health Center, Stanford University. April 2, 2004.
  • “Can We Talk? The Necessity and Challenge of Communication for Resiliency in Youth.” Mental Illness in the Classroom: Hope and Recovery Conference. Institute of Mental Illness and Wellness Education, California State University, Hayward, CA. March 9, 2002.
  • Commencement Speaker, Southwest Texas State University, Graduating Class December 1986.

Past Teaching

  • The Evolution of Human Emotions in a Globalized World, Stanford University
  • Madness, Mental Illness & Society, Stanford University
  • Phenomenology of Madness, Stanford University
  • Introduction to Research Methodologies, Stanford University

Past Workshops

  • Becoming a Mental Health Advocate, MHA-SF
  • Making Room for You, I: Living Without Self-Stigma, MHA-SF
  • Making Room for You, II: Creating Meaning & Purpose in Daily Living, MHA-SF
  • Looking Backwards to Reach A Better Future: Addressing Childhood Abuse, CASRA
  • Recovering From an Illness Identity in a Postmodern World, CASRA
  • Trusting Love, CASRA
  • Letting Go of Self-Stigma, CASRA