Robert Lemelson, PhD

An anthropologist who received his master's degree from the University of Chicago and his doctoral degree from the University of California-Los Angeles, Dr. Lemelson is a research anthropologist in the Department of Psychiatry NPI-Semel Institute for Neuroscience and the Center for Culture and Health and is a lecturer in the Departments of Psychology and Anthropology at UCLA. He was a Fulbright scholar in Indonesia in 1996-97. He has worked for the World Health Organization and is additionally trained as a clinical psychologist. His areas of specialty are Southeast-Asian studies, psychological anthropology, and transcultural psychiatry. Dr. Lemelson has just released a documentary film "Movements and Madness" to festivals, which is based on his research in Bali. It will be in general release later this year. He has two other films in post-production, all filmed in Indonesia. He has recently published in the journals Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, and Transcultural Psychiatry, among others. His edited volume, Understanding Trauma: Integrating Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives, will be published in early 2007 by Cambridge University Press. He is also the president of the Foundation for Psychocultural Research (The FPR), which funds interdisciplinary research in neuroscience, psychiatry, and anthropology. Dr. Lemelson also serves as a director of The Lemelson Foundation, a family foundation whose mission is to promote innovation and invention in American society and the developing world.

The 2007 Conference