Janice K. Haaken, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Community and Clinical Psychology


Department of Psychology

317 Cramer Hall

Portland State University

P.O. Box 751

Portland,OR 97207-0751

phone (503) 657-1601

fax (503) 725-3904




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Biography Statement


Jan Haaken is professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State University, a clinical and community psychologist, a documentary filmmaker, and social justice activist. Haaken has published extensively in the areas of psychoanalysis and feminism, gender and the history of psychiatric diagnosis, group responses to violence and trauma, the psychology of storytelling, and processes of social change. Her research is based on video ethnography, discourse analysis, and social action research methods. She is author of Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back (1998) and Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling (2010). She is co-author of Speaking Out: Women, War and the Global Economy (2005) and co-editor (2010) of Memory Matters: Contexts for Understanding Sexual Abuse. Her films include Diamonds, Guns, and Rice (Director), Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag (Director), Moving to the Beat (Producer), Guilty Except for Insanity (Director), and Mind Zone: Therapists Behind the Front Lines (Director), currently in post-production in association with Herzog and Company.

Professor Haaken serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, Psychotherapy and Politics International, and on the board of the Association for Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. She co-produces The Old Mole Variety Hour, a public affairs program on KBOO Portland Community Radio.

For further information, go to www.jhaaken.com