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Immigration and Mental Health: Contemporary Challenges

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Alkek Library Teaching Theater

Dr. Ricardo Ainslie, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, will examine the interplay of psychological, cultural and societal issues for individuals who immigrate to the United States, particularly those from Mexico and Latin America.

Dr. Ainslie is a psychologist-psychoanalyst who uses books, documentary films, and photographic exhibits to capture and depict subjects of social and cultural interest. A native of Mexico City, he teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a professor in the Educational Psychology Department and affiliate faculty in the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. His books include No Dancin’ In Anson: An American Story of Race and Social Change (1995), The Psychology of Twinship (1997), Long Dark Road: Bill King and Murder In Jasper, Texas (2004), and The Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexico’s Drug War (2013). His films include Crossover: A Story of Desegregation (1999); Looking North: Mexican Images of Immigration (2006); Ya Basta! Kidnapped in Mexico (2007); and The Mystery of Consciousness (2009). In 2011 he gave invited congressional testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Commit tee on Homeland Security on “U.S. Homeland Security Role in the Mexico War Against Drug Cartels.” In 2002 the Texas Psychological Association recognized him with its “Outstanding Contribution to Science” award, and in 2009 the APA’s Division of Psychoanalysis recognized his work with its “Science Award.” Ricardo Ainslie was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2006. In 2010 he was named a Guggenheim Fellow and also awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency.

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Immigration and Mental Health: Contemporary Challenges