I am a graduate student at the University of Michigan studying social work and psychology, and plan to practice as a clinical therapist as well as teach at a university in the future.
Throughout my journey to licensure and completion of graduate studies, I will be posting clinical assessments of fictional figures in pop culture to identify the prominence of mental health issues today, as well as relevant research discussion questions and personal reflections in the clinical field.
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 social psychology, schizophrenia and depression, developmental welfare, and positive psychology. Currently, at the University of Michigan, my specialization in social work is interpersonal practice of mental health, and I am conducting research on stigma, depression and schizophrenia.
Special thanks to Chelsea Jenna (IG: @chelseajennav) for the website logo, design and branding.
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