Naming Madness: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Friday, February 15, 2019
10:50 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Judd Hall 116
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Nicole Potestivo

Distinctions between the ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ mind have long prompted debate among the public as well as scientific experts, yet it is only recently that conventional scientific categorizations have come under scrutiny.  This symposium brings together multidisciplinary experts who will address the controversies and discuss biomedical, psychosocial, and alternative models for understanding and naming forms of ‘madness.’


11:00 – 12:30 pm:

Session 1: Naming and Social Justice

Lisa Cosgrove, PhD, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Robert Whitaker, Author and President, Mad in America Foundation

Alisha Ali, PhD, New York University


1:45 – 3:15 pm

Session 2: DSM, ICD, and the Question of Diagnostic Kinds

James Phillips, MD, Yale University

Michael First, MD, Columbia University


3:30 – 5:00 pm

Session 3: Imagining Alternative Approaches

Rebecca Miller, PhD, Yale University

Richard Youins, Yale University

Ginger Hoffman, PhD, Saint Joseph’s University


Supported by:

The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life

Department of Psychology

Science in Society Program

Department of Philosophy

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