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Gabriel Abarca Brown is a PhD student in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine. He is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. He holds a MA in Adult Clinical Psychology with a specialisation in Psychoanalysis (University of Chile).

He also studied a postgraduate certificate in Clinical Psychology (University of Santiago) and a postgraduate certificate in Gender, Masculinities and Public Policy (University of Chile).

Prior to arriving at King’s, he lectured in the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Santiago. He also taught in the Department of Psychology and Department of Sociology at the University of Chile.

As a clinical psychologist, he has worked in hospitals and primary mental healthcare centres in Chile. He is co-founder of the Mental Health in Latin America (PLASMA) social research platform and is an Associate Researcher for the Transdisciplinary Laboratory of Social Practices and Subjectivity (LaPSoS) at the University of Chile.


Thesis title: 'Becoming a (neuro) immigrant in the new multicultural Chile'

This thesis aims to explore ethnographically the multiple interactions between healthcare institutions, psychiatric, psychological and neurological knowledge and practices, and young Afro-descendant immigrants in the context of neoliberal Chile.

It seeks to analyse how the recent social, cultural, and political transformations of the country have configured new assemblies of government around mental health and multiculturalism as well as how these assemblies are shaping the subjective experiences of young Afro-descendants. 

PhD supervision

Further details

See Gabriel's research profile