Psychiatrist to Lecture at Fresno State on Depression

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Psychiatrist to Lecture at Fresno State on Depression

Dr. Arthur M. Kleinman, M.D. will speak on Thursday, April 1, at California State University, Fresno on “Culture and Depression: Studies in Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Psychiatry of Affect and Disorder.” The special lecture, hosted by the university’s Anthropology Department, will be at 7 p.m. in the East

Engineering Building, Room 191.

Kleinman is the Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he chaired the Department of Social Medicine from 1991 to 2000. He is also a professor of social anthropology at Harvard University.

Kleinman has expertise in international, cross-cultural and anthropological aspects of mental illness. He has practiced as a psychiatrist and is an expert on depression. Since 1968, he has conducted research on Chinese society. Kleinman has also researched international mental health, cross-cultural depression studies, chronic illness, social suffering, and social health policy.

Kleinman has taught several generations of Harvard medical students subjects such as the social roots of disease, the doctor-patient relationship, culture and health care, the moral basis of medical practice. He now co-teaches a course on medicine and religion.

Since 1978, Kleinman has co-directed an NIMH-funded Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinically Applied Anthropology.

His honors include an honorary doctorate from York University in Canada, the Welcome Prize in Medical Anthropology and this year’s Franz Boaz Award from the American Anthropological Association. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Physician and Patient.

Kleinman has authored more than 175 articles and five books. He has edited or co-edited 17 volumes and founded the journal Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, which he edited for a decade.

He directed the World Mental Health Report and was a member of the Steering Committee of the American Psychiatric Association-National Institute of Mental Health Taskforce on Culture and Psychiatric Diagnosis. He was also co-chair of the Committee on Culture, Health and Human Development for the Social Science Research Council. Kleinman has been a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

For more information, contact the Department of Anthropology at 278- 3002.