Admittedly, my work and background are difficult to categorize. That’s because of its inter-disciplinary character. As you assess my qualifications to address your organization, and determine if there is match between our interests, you need to review the influences on my work and the results. They are summarized in the following six items. Then, contact me so we can discuss your goals for a speaker and determine how I can meet them.
Five issues that shaped my work Over the last fifteen years five stories have shaped the heart of my work. Each has been a platform for for one or ore major projects where I use books, documentary films, and photographic exhibits as media to create narratives that describe my understanding of what has taken place in these communities.
The tools I use in these projects draw directly from what I do in the consulting room with my patients. Freud’s greatest gift, in my view, was to give us a methodology that allows for the creation of a unique relational space within which people may speak and reflect on their life stories. It is in the clinician’s orientation toward the patient’s narrative and in the subtle and complex ways that psychoanalysis teaches us to engage the life story, that patients’ lives are transformed.
The hallmark of my work is that I have taken that lesson out of the consulting room and into communities where I explore difficult, sometimes traumatizing events. For this reason, I describe my work as “psychoanalytic ethnography.” For more information, click the issue below and you will be able to read more about the projects, the ways in which I have chosen to represent them, and the talks derived from them.
Sharing my research with audiences is an important part of what I do. The conclusions of my work have many implications about contemporary issues. I routinely speak to different kinds of audiences, including academic meetings and conferences, professional groups, and the general public. For example, I have given testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security on the Mexican drug war, spoken at national and international conferences, and given talks to World Affairs Councils. I routinely speak at universities and other educational settings, in addition to many different public groups and organizations on the issues described below.
Clicking on any of the seven issues below takes you to a description of the key projects, publications, and talks/lectures I have given related to each of them. I'd enjoy learning about the needs of your group and how they can benefit from learning more in these areas.
With Guerda Nicolas (University of Miami) far left, and Janet Helms, (Boston College) after the annual Diversity Challenge 2012 symposium at Boston College.
With Sarah Cortez and Hipolito Acosta after presentation at the NCPA Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Weekend Policy Conference.
At Bookpeople, the largest bookstore in Texas
Psychologist & Psychoanalyst
My Clinical Philosophy
The tools I use in my clinical work draw directly from what I consider to be psychoanalysis’ greatest contribution, namely, a methodology (rather than a set of theories) that allows for the creation of a unique space within which individuals may safely speak their life stories and constructively reflect on them. It is in the therapist’s orientation toward these narratives, and in the collaborative engagement with patients in relation to them, that individuals learn about themselves and their lives are transformed in meaningful ways. I see adult patients with a range of problems and concerns.
I have been immersed in psychodynamic therapy and psychoanalysis since my early 20’s, when I was a trainee and experienced psychoanalysis as a patient. In the 1970’s, Humberto Nagera M.D. brought the “Hampstead/Anna Freud/Ego Psychology” group from London to the University of Michigan Medical Center where I did my clinical training. I have been a member of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis since its inception and I am a founding member and past president of the Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.
Licensed psychologist (Texas)
Board Certified in Psychoanalysis - American Board of Professional Psychology
I teach in the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin where I hold the M.K. Hage Centennial Professorship in Education. In addition, I taught candidates and fellows at the Houston Center for Psychoanalysis for five years and was an affiliate faculty at the center between 1994 and 2011. Among the courses I have taught at the university are Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Object Relations Theory, Psychopathology, Theory of the Interview, Rorschach and TAT Interpretation, Spanish for the Helping Professions, Practicum Seminar for doctoral students who are in practicum, Qualitative Methods, Psychoanalysis and Postmodernism, Life History and Documentary Approaches to Inquiry, and Documentary Film and Inquiry.
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One of the greatest honors for a university professor is to be awarded an endowed chair. It means that your work as a teacher and scholar is recognized as noteworthy. In 2014 I was appointed the M.K. Hage Centennial Professor in Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
I am passionate about my teaching. It is a medium for sharing with students what I know about clinical practice, personality theories and psychopathology, and research methods. As a teacher, the magic of an undergraduate or graduate student discovering something new and making it their own is extremely rewarding.
In addition to teaching in the Department of Educational Psychology, and I am also affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, the Department for Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, and American Studies. My primary administrative home is within the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology, which I directed for 13 years (1987-2000).
This course covers the core concepts of classical and contemporary psychoanalytic approaches to treatment.
Object Relations Theory
This course covers psychoanalytic developmental theories (from Freud to current relational models) and their relationship to concepts of psychopathology and treatment.
This course is for doctoral counseling students who are working in practicum settings.
Rorschach and TAT Interpretation
This course teaches students the foundations of projective testing, with a strong emphasis on scoring and interpreting the Rorschach Inkblot Test and developing interpretive skills for clinical data.
This course covers a variety of qualitative, narrative, and ethnographic approaches to inquiry.
Spanish for the Helping Professions
This course is for graduate students with proficiency in Spanish who are working in clinical contexts with Spanish speaking patients.
LIBERAL ARTS HONORS COURSES
Documentary Film & Inquiry
Students in this course develop documentary projects over the course of the semester on a variety of topics of their choosing. Students learn the basic elements of documentary filmmaking, including interviewing, videography, and editing.
In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I serve on the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Training Program’s Executive Committee and on the Admissions Committee for both the doctoral and the Counselor Education programs. I am also the faculty member responsible for overseeing the doctoral program’s extensive practicum placement process. I also serve on the departmental Graduate Studies Committee, and on a variety of committees within the college and the university.
With students after receiving the Science Award from the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychoanalysis in 2009.
Guest lecture Charles Ramirez Berg's Communications class
Dos Manos Productions
Dos Manos Productions works with film and book media. We have developed product identity pieces for individuals and foundations, including conceptualization, pre-production, and production. In addition we develop and market film and book projects.
University of Texas Visual Media & Qualitative Inquiry Research Team
My research team at the University of Texas is a terrifically talented group. All are doctoral students in Counseling Psychology and in Human Development, Culture, and Learning Sciences. Our focus is on the use of media in inquiry that has social and cultural implications. We meet weekly, either working on my primary project, such as The Mark of War, or on their individual projects. We regularly present our work and our ideas at conferences, including the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting, the APA Division of Psychoanalysis, the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, the Association for Psychoanalysis Culture and Society, and the Texas Psychological Association.