Wesleyan portrait of Sarah R. Kamens

Sarah R. Kamens

David Scott Williams Visiting Professor of Psychology

Judd Hall, 400A


BA New York University
MA Fordham University
MA The European Graduate School
PHD Fordham University

Sarah R. Kamens

Sarah R. Kamens is a clinical researcher whose scholarship focuses on the phenomenology of psychotic experiences, the effects of psychosocial marginalization, the development of diagnostic systems, and the philosophy of psychiatry.  Underlying her research is the question: how do we conceptualize and define ‘mental disorder’?  Her dissertation was a transcultural study of the existential lives of persons diagnosed with psychotic disorders in the United States and Israel-Palestine.  She won the Sidney M. Jourard Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) for her phenomenological and discourse-analytic investigation of psychiatrists’ experiences with controversies surrounding the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5).  With an interest in cultural variations and indigenous approaches to mental health, she has conducted research on psychosocial interventions for Palestinian children exposed to trauma and ongoing military violence. 

Kamens received her B.A. in Psychology and English & American Literature from New York University (NYU) and an M.A. in Communication from the Division of Philosophy, Art, & Critical Thought at the European Graduate School (EGS).  After obtaining her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University, she completed her predoctoral clinical training at the Yale University School of Medicine (Adult Community Mental Health focus) and her postdoctoral clinical training at the Yale University Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) program.  Kamens is a Member-at-Large on the APA Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) Executive Board and a member of the editorial boards for The Humanistic Psychologist and the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.  She is the developer and co-chair of the Global Psychosocial Network (GPN), an initiative of Psychologists for Social Responsibilty dedicated to accompaniment and psychosocial support for professionals in conflict and disaster zones.

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