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

Department of Psychology
317 Cramer Hall
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland,OR 97207-0751

Selected Publications/Film and Video Projects
Classes Taught

Curriculum Vitae CV




Feature-Length Documentary Films: 

Guilty Except for Insanity. (scheduled for completion fall, 2010). Written and Directed by Jan Haaken. Synopsis and nine-minute work sample available on request.

Moving to the Beat. (2008, 53 minutes) Produced by Jan Haaken, Directed by Caleb Heymann and Abdul Fofanah. Official selection at the Cascade Festival of African Films 2008, Africa in the Picture Film Festival 2008, International Black Docfest 2008; African Diaspora Film Festival 2008, FESPACO 2009. Completed with the support of the National Black Programming Consortium and broadcast on national public television in fall, 2009.

Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag. (2006, 48 minutes) Written and Directed by Jan Haaken. Official selection at the Northwest Film & Video Festival 2006, LA Femme Film Festival 2007; Port Townsend Film Festival 2008; Astoria International Film Festival 2008 (Selected Best Documentary). Distributed through Cinema Libre, Los Angeles.

Diamonds, Guns and Rice: Sierra Leone and the Women's Peace Movement. (2005, 47 minutes) Produced and Directed by Jan Haaken and Caleb Heymann.. Screened at the Cascade Festival of African Films 2003. DVD distributed through Ooligan Press, Portland, OR.

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 Social Action Research: Video




Haaken, J. (2010). Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling. London: Routledge Press.

Haaken, J. and Reavey, P. (2010) (Eds). Memory Matters: Understanding Recollections of Sexual Abuse. London: Routledge Press.

Haaken, J., Ladum, A., Zundel, K., DeTarr, S., & Heymann, C. (2005). Speaking Out: Women, War, and the Global Economy. Portland, OR: Ooligan Press.

Bigelow, B., Childs, S., Diamond, D., Dickerson, D., & Haaken, J. (2000). Scarves of Many Colors: Muslim women and the Veil, A Curriculum. Washington, D.C.: Teaching for Change.

Haaken, J. (1998). Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Haaken, J. (in press). Picturing the field: Social action research, psychoanalytic theory, and documentary filmmaking. In Paula Reavey (ed.). Visual Psychologies: A handbook of methods.

Haaken, J. (2010). The seventh veil: Feminism, recovered memory, and the politics of the unconscious. In Susannah Radstone and Bill Schwarz (eds), Mapping Memory, New York: Fordham University Press.

Fussell, H., Haaken, J., Lewy, C., & McFarland, B. (2009) Clinical perceptions: A study of partner violence and methamphetamine use as presenting problems. Psychiatry 72 (4), 381-391.

Haaken, J. (2008). Too close for comfort: Psychoanalytic cultural theory and domestic violence politics. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 13, 75-93.

Haaken, J. (2008). When White Buffalo Calf Woman meets Oedipus on the road: Psychoanalysis, Lakota psychology and male violence. Theory & Psychology 18, 195-208.

Haaken, J. Fussell, H. & Mankowski, E. (2007). Bringing the Church to its knees: Evangelical Christianity, feminism, and domestic violence discourse. Politics and Psychotherapy International 5 (2), 103-115.

Haaken, J. (2005, December). What's so funny? Video ethnography and drag performance. Journal of Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, 319-327.

Haaken, J. (2003). Pleasures and perils in looking back: Response to Grand, Fogel, Kahane and Nadir, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 4(2). 208-225.

Haaken, J.. (2003). Smart, dumb, or culturally challenged? A social history of the dynamic unconscious. Psychotherapy and Politics International 1 (1). 47-63.

Haaken, J. and Yragui, N. (2003). Going underground: Conflicting perspective on domestic violence shelter practices. Feminism and Psychology, 13 (1). 49-71

Haaken, J. (2003). Traumatic revisions: Remembering abuse and the politics of forgiveness. In P. Reavey and S. Warner (eds.) New Feminist Stories of Child Sex Abuse. New York: Routledge, 77-93.

Haaken, J. (2002, Autumn). Cultural amnesia: Memory, trauma and war. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 28 (1), 455-457.

Haaken, J. (2002, Fall). Bitch and Femme Psychology: Women, aggression, and psychoanalytic social theory. Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society, 7(2). 202-215.

Mankowski, E., Haaken, J., and Silvergleid, C. (2002, June). Collateral damage: Domestic violence discourse and models of masculinity. Journal of Family Violence, 17 (2), 167-183.

Haaken, J. (2002). The good, the bad, and the ugly: Psychoanalytic and cultural perspectives on forgiveness. In S. Lamb and J.G. Murphy (eds.) Before Forgiving: Cautionary Views of Forgiveness in Psychotherapy. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 172-191.

Haaken, J. (2002). Stories of survival: Class, race, and domestic violence. In Nancy Holmstrom (ed.) The Socialist Feminist Project: A Contemporary Reader in Theory and Politics. New York: Monthly Review Press, 102-120.

Haaken, J. (2001). Shallow graves: Women and war in Sierra Leone. Journal of Psychoanalyst Psychologist, 21, 26-34.

Brenner, J. & Haaken, J. (2000). Utopian thought: Re-visioning gender, family, and community. Community, Work and Family, 3, 333-347.

Haaken, J. and Lamb, S. (2000, May/June). The politics of child sexual abuse research. Society, 9-14.