September 26, 2011
Social Work Professor Ruth White is writing a new blog for Psychology Today. “Culture in Mind” explores the relationship between mental health, culture, and ethnicity.
“Culture influences our physical and mental health in a complex interplay of factors,” White said. “Those influences vary not only individually but also in the collective. These factors include diet, social activities, symptomatic expression (and therefore diagnosis), perception of mental illness, resources to treat and diagnose, and work habits among others.”
In her blog, White examines mental health from a cultural perspective. She looks at beliefs, expectations, norms, and taboos and their influences on mental well-being.
White, who received her PhD and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MSW from McGill University, has been on the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences since 2002. Her research focuses on social determinants of health and well-being, HIV/AIDS, community development, international social work and maternal and child health. Her recent scholarship includes “Bipolar 101,” written with John D. Preston (New Harbinger Publications, 2009).
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.
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