Sarah R. Kamens is an interdisciplinary researcher and psychologist whose work focuses on the phenomenology of psychosis, experiences of sociocultural marginalization, global mental health, and the development of diagnostic concepts in clinical psychology/psychiatry. Underlying her research is the question: how do we conceptualize and define ‘mental disorder’? Her dissertation was a transcultural study of the existential lives of persons diagnosed with psychotic disorders in New York City and Jerusalem. With an interest in cultural variations and indigenous approaches to mental health, Sarah has also conducted research on psychosocial interventions for Palestinian children exposed to trauma and military violence.
After graduate studies at the European Graduate School (EGS) and Fordham University, Sarah completed her predoctoral and postdoctoral clinical training at the Yale University School of Medicine. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology at Wesleyan University. She is also a current Member-at-Large on the Executive Board of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (American Psychological Association Division 32). Sarah developed and co-chairs the Global Psychosocial Network (GPN), an initiative of Psychologists for Social Responsibilty (PsySR) dedicated to accompaniment and psychosocial support for professionals in conflict and disaster zones.