• Karen M. Seeley

    Lecturer in Discipline
    Department of Anthropology
    458 Schermerhorn Ext, Mail Code: 5523, United States
    +1 212 663 3200


    My interests lie at the intersections of anthropology and psychology, and include psychological anthropology, cultural psychotherapy, critical psychoanalysis, and trauma. My early research explored the dynamics of intercultural psychological treatments; as a practicing psychotherapist, I have sought to bring ethnographic inquiry into a dialogue with clinical practice. My more recent work addresses individual and collective trauma in the wake of 9/11, and has led me to examine the psychological and social consequences of disasters and mass violence.


    2000. Cultural psychotherapy: Working with culture in the clinical encounter. NJ: Jason Aronson.

    2003. Cultural turns in psychology. In D. Hill & M. Kral (Eds.) About psychology: Essays at the crossroads of history, theory and philosophy. Albany NY: SUNY Press.

    2005. The psychological treatment of trauma and the trauma of psychological treatment: Talking to therapists about 9-11. In Wounded City: The Social Effects of the World Trade Center Attack on New York City. NY: Russell Sage Foundation.

    2005. The Listening Cure: Listening for Culture in Intercultural Psychological Treatments. Psychoanalytic Review Vol. 92(3), 431-452.

    2008. Therapy after terror: 9/11, psychotherapists, and mental health. NY: Cambridge Univ. Press.