"Psychological anthropology is concerned with subjective and sociocultural worlds and with the interplay between them. Scholars in psychological anthropology examine social and cultural influences on individual psychology and the psychological foundations of social behavior and shared culture."

John M. Ingham, p. 1. Psychological Anthropology Reconsidered. Cambridge University Press, 1996.

RSVP for Live SPA Conversation with Dr. Alex Hinton

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in News | Comments Off on RSVP for Live SPA Conversation with Dr. Alex Hinton

On April 12 at 1:30-3:00PM EST, please join the Society for Psychological Anthropology for a live interview and conversation with Dr. Alex Hinton (Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs; Director for the Center of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University). In this 1.5 hour conversation, Dr. Hinton will discuss his research among genocide survivors in Cambodia since the 1990s. Between 1975 and 1979, approximately two million Cambodians were killed during the Khmer Rouge. Dr. Hinton’s work has employed anthropological methods to illuminate why such atrocities occur and what justice means in the aftermath of genocide and mass violence. Focusing on the 2009 trial of Duch, a Khmer Rouge torturer, Hinton explores in his recent book (Man or Monster?: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer) the differences between global discourses of human rights and local conceptualizations of justice, and the impact of this disparity on Khmer Rouge survivors.

The conversation will start with a 45-minute Q&A between Dr. Hinton and Elena Lesley, his former student at Rutgers and current doctoral candidate in anthropology at Emory. Afterwards, attending members of the audience will have opportunity to ask questions relating to Dr. Hinton’s work.

To join us live on April 12 at 1:30-3:00PM EST, please either go to our website https://www.uberconference.com/psychanth (accessible globally) or call +1 888-602-6638 (from a US phone).

Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/ruvknpBlokNHiAI12

The Introduction to Dr. Hinton’s book Man or Monster is available herehttp://spa.americananthro.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Man-or-Monster-introduction.pdf

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Case Western Reserve University Transdisciplinary Fellowship in Primary Care Research

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Case Western Reserve University Transdisciplinary Fellowship in Primary Care Research


Case Western Reserve University Transdisciplinary Fellowship in Primary Care Research


Calling clinicians and non-clinicians (e.g., social scientists, public health professionals, and others with doctoral degrees) to join a dynamic, interdisciplinary cohort of emerging leaders in primary care research. The program welcomes diversity in fellows’ backgrounds and interests, and provides flexible training to accommodate this diversity. This prestigious 2-3 year full-time fellowship through Case Western Reserve University is funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). See attached flyer.


Opportunities available to T32 Postdoctoral fellows

  • Mentored independent research project in one or more program priority areas
  • Transdisciplinary leadership and research development curriculum
  • Networking with other post-doctoral fellows and allied researchers from multiple institutions
  • Specialized formal curriculum
  • Methods-focused Journal Club attended by diverse multidisciplinary program faculty
  • Peer and faculty Works-in-Progress seminars
    The Program 
  • The mission of the program is to develop leaders who seek to integrate a primary care framework to improve population and public health in the United States. 
  • Priority areas are (1) Child Health and Policy; (2) Quality of Health and Healthcare; and (3) Health Equity.  
  • Under the guidance of faculty preceptors, fellows will explore topics in primary care research and its intersection with public health; develop expertise by mastering a content area; gain practical research experience; and train in research methodology. The program encourages fellows to develop and submit applications for independent funding; present research findings at regional and national research meetings; and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Fellowships will begin in mid-2017.
    Faculty mentors
    Clinicians and non-clinicians alike are invited to work with mentors from all tracks:
  • Clinical track: Lawrence Kleinman MD MPH (Fellowship Director), Center for Child Health and Policy (Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital); Sue Flocke PhD and Kurt Stange MD PhD, (Family Medicine and Community Health (CWRU School of Medicine)   
  • Social Science track: Jill Korbin PhD, The Schubert Center for Child Studies (CWRU School of Arts & Sciences);  Elaine Borawski PhD, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (CWRU School of Medicine and Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics): 
  • Large data track: Claudia Coulton PhD, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development (CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences)
    US Citizens and permanent residents with MDs, PhDs or with other clinical or nonclinical doctoral degrees in areas such as social science or public health who seek to become leaders in the field of Primary Care Research.  We seek to recruit a diverse and synergistic cohort to engage in team learning and collaboration across priority areas.  Fellows receive 2-3 years of funding, with the potential to earn a Master’s degree for selected fellows.
    How to Apply: Submit a CV with cover letter and a 1-2 page Personal Statement including research interests, experience, and your goals for this fellowship. Please provide names & contact information (e-mail and phone) for three references. Letters of reference are optional. Send by email to the Center for Child Health and Policy at [email protected] (tel: 216-844-0067; web: childhealthpolicycenter.org/t32-hrsa). Rolling admissions. In employment and education, CWRU is committed to equal opportunity and diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit: case.edu/diversity.

    In employment and education, CWRU is committed to equal opportunity and diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit: case.edu/diversity.
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Invitation to global SPA action call

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Invitation to global SPA action call

Dear SPA members: 

Interested in advancing engaged psychological anthropology? Seeking avenues to positive social action? The Society for Psychological Anthropology has organized two community calls this month and invites your participation. The goal is to spark and share ideas about what individuals, institutions, and organizations can do to promote outreach, inclusion, and exchange to address the mounting challenges we confront. 

These calls respond to keen interest in potential proactive plans expressed by membership during AAA last Fall. Results from the calls will guide our initial efforts and scaffold discussion at the SPA biennial in New Orleans next month. Each and all of us are touched by the powerful forces afoot. But we also are especially well prepared to understand the psychosocial dynamics at play, formulate effective responses, and mobilize action. Please take the time to participate in one or both calls to help launch us on this path.

 The two community calls will take place on February 14 at 10am EST and February 15 at 5pm EST. To aid our planning, please complete the following form and recommend items for our open agenda: https://goo.gl/04Qu8P We realize the designated times may not work for everyone, but have left room for individuals interested in future calls to recommend items (in the form above) and will circulate notes from the two calls.

On the day of the call, you can either join via our website (https://www.uberconference.com/psychanth) globally, or dial in (888-602-6638) from your US phone. If you are based outside the US but have limited internet access and would like to dial in, please let us know (via Google form). 

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,

Carol Worthman, President, SPA

Kathy Trang, SPA Electronic Publications Editor


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Apply for the 2017-2018 SPA/RLF Fellowship

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Funding | Comments Off on Apply for the 2017-2018 SPA/RLF Fellowship

Details below! Please note that all application materials should be sent to the SPA secretary Cameron Hays ([email protected]) by 5PM EST on Friday Feb 3, 2017; applications received after this time and date will NOT be reviewed.

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SPA award winners

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in News, Prizes | Comments Off on SPA award winners

The winners of the SPA’s annual prizes were announced at the AAA meetings in Minneapolis, MN. The Stirling Prize for Best Published Work in Psychological Anthropology went to Julia Cassaniti’s Living Buddhism: Mind, Self and Emotion in a Thai Community.  The Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology went to Amir Hampel’s “Equal Temperament: Autonomy and Identity in Chinese Speaking Clubs.” Finally, the six SPA/RLF fellowships went to Mirjam Holleman (U Alabama), Eva Melstrom (UCLA), Carolyn Merritt (UCLA), Sanja Miklin (U Chicago), Pablo Delaporte (Stanford), and Kathy Trang (Emory).

Congratulations to all!


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SPA Newsletter, Fall 2016

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in News | Comments Off on SPA Newsletter, Fall 2016

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Student rate for hotels at SPA meetings

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Student rate for hotels at SPA meetings

The SPA is offering a a reduced rate on hotel rooms ($169) for graduate students and postdocs. That’s a $60 discount per night! Claim your spot before they’re gone!

Royal Sonesta Bourbon Balcony

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