I am a social work graduate student at the University of Michigan, and am pursuing a career in both clinical therapy and academic research.
Throughout my journey to licensure and completion of graduate studies, I will be posting clinical assessments of fictional figures in pop culture to discuss mental health today, as well as posing relevant research questions and personal reflections about the clinical field. Followers will be notified of posts (around monthly frequency) via email.
I am the creator of The Character Clinic, an online center containing pop culture psychological assessments. These case studies are meant to instigate questions related to the role of mental health in media. For example, in Marvel’s Avengers, how does PTSD and anxiety affect tough Tony “Iron Man” Stark, or how does veteran depression affect the American role model Steve “Captain America” Rogers? In addition, due to the confidential nature of counseling and therapy, using fictional characters serves as a form of practice and discussion that does not breach any patient disclosure agreements. I analyze the cinematic evidence presented and write a suggested clinical assessment. Commentary and discussion on these case studies are highly encouraged.
I plan to post relevant research and clinical material throughout graduate school. My research interests include schizophrenia and depression, positive psychology, stigma, and barriers to mental health care in minority populations. Currently, at the University of Michigan, my specialization in social work is interpersonal practice of mental health, and I am conducting research on stigma, schizophrenia and psychosis with a professor in the School of Social Work.
Special thanks to Chelsea Jenna (IG: @chelseajennav) for the website logo, design and branding.
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