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Faculty Fellows

James Walkup

WalkupJames Walkup is a Professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. His early training was in philosophy, first at Yale University (BA), then at St. Andrews University in Scotland (M.Litt.).   After receiving his Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in inpatient psychiatry, was awarded an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers, and, since 1994, he has been a core faculty at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.  He now serves as department chair, and director of clinical training in the PsyD clinical psychology department. His empirical research has focused on care patterns in public insurance programs (e.g. Medicaid) for marginalized groups, particularly those with serious mental illness and HIV.  He chaired an NIH study section on AIDS and related research integrated review group, and is currently conducting archival research on the development of community based mental health services for people with HIV in the early years of the epidemic.

Louis Sass

SassLouis A. Sass has strong interdisciplinary interests involving the intersection of clinical psychology with philosophy, the arts, and literary studies. His publications include critical analyses of psychoanalytic theory; phenomenological studies of schizophrenia; and articles on notions of truth and of the self in psychoanalysis, hermeneutic philosophy, and  postmodernism. He is the author of Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature, and Thought and The Paradoxes of Delusion: Wittgenstein, Schreber, and the Schizophrenic Mind. He also co-edited Hermeneutics and Psychological Theory. Dr. Sass has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, N.J., and was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Foundation. Currently he is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and a research associate in the history of psychiatry at Cornell Medical College. He is also a research associate in the Center for Cognitive Science and serves on the faculty of the Program in Comparative Literature, both at Rutgers.

Lisa Mikesell

Mikesell headshot croppedLisa Mikesell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication. She investigates the communication and social practices used to negotiate interactions in a variety of health and mental health contexts. Her work consists of three intertwining threads. The first examines the situated interactional practices of individuals diagnosed with neurological and psychiatric disorders and their carers in community contexts to provide a grounded perspective on competence, everyday functioning and patient engagement. Examining individuals’ involvements in community contexts informs the second thread of her work, which identifies best practices in clinic contexts, providing an ecologically sensitive lens on applications of patient-centeredness, shared decision-making and the use of decision support strategies in clinic communication. The third thread highlights patient engagement in the collective sense by exploring the practices, perceptions and ethics of community-engagement and community-based participatory research (CBPR) in public health research. Collectively, her work informs our understanding of best practices, intervention development and implementation and contains a strong applied component, particularly to inquiry in health services.

Catherine Lee

Dr Catherine LeeCatherine Lee is associate professor of sociology and faculty associate at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University. As a political sociologist, she examines how meanings of race and ethnicity shape social relations and inequalities across three critical sites: immigration; science and medicine; and law and society. Catherine is the author of Fictive Kinship: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race and Nation in American Immigration and co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History. Her new book project examines how American biomedicine is responding to ideas of growing diversity in the U.S. population.


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