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Biography

Gabriel Abarca Brown 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 in 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 worked in hospitals and primary mental healthcare centres in Chile. Gabriel is co-founder of the Platform for Social Research on Mental Health in Latin America (PLASMA). He is also Associated Researcher of the Transdisciplinary Laboratory of Social Practices and Subjectivity (LaPSoS) at the University of Chile.

Research

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; in order 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 Supervisor

Further details

Please see Gabriel's Research Profile for further details.