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Complexity Matters: Cultural Identity from a Psychoanalytic Perspective. Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

  • 08 Nov 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • The New Haven Lawn Club


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Members who have obtained a graduate degree in the field of mental health within the past 7 years.
  • This selection is for individuals currently enrolled in a graduate program or psychoanalytic training.

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Complexity Matters: Cultural Identity from a Psychoanalytic Perspective. 

 Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

Identity develops in the context of dynamic cultural change and transformation.  The complexity of cultural identity formation requires a psychoanalytic perspective and an integration of knowledge rooted in other traditions (e.g. feminist psychology, multicultural psychology).  This presentation will describe conflict in cultural identity development as situated in social context, and in the cultural narratives of the therapist and the client.  I will explore the ways in which psychoanalytic theory challenges simplistic conceptualizations of cultural identity development, and how an understanding of unconscious conflict and subjectivity of internal experience contributes to a more complex understanding of cultural identity and the development of co-existing, divergent cultural identifications.  

Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College.  She is also in Independent Practice in Cambridge, MA.  Dr. Tummala-Narra received her doctoral degree from Michigan State University and completed her post-doctoral training in the Victims of Violence Program at the 

Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, MA.  She served as the Founding Director of the Asian Mental Health Program at Cambridge Health Alliance, and the Co-Director of the Trauma and Loss Program at Georgetown University Hospital.  She has presented nationally and published peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the topics of immigration, ethnic minority issues, trauma, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.  She is a recipient of the Collaborative Fellows Grant from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Her research focuses on the experiences of race and immigration among youth and adults, and on the experience of traumatic stress among immigrant communities.  She is the recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 39 2013 Johanna Tabin Book Proposal Prize, and her book concerning culturally informed practice from a psychoanalytic perspective is in progress. Dr. Tummala-Narra has served as the chair of the Multicultural Concerns Committee for Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), as a member of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) in the American Psychological Association, and as a member of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration.  She is currently Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of APA Division 39.


Participants: The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.

This conference is being reviewed for 2 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)

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