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Gabriel Abarca Brown

Gabriel Abarca Brown


Gabriel has a BSc in Psychology (University of Santiago), and a MA in Adult Clinical Psychology with a specialisation in Psychoanalysis (University of Chile). He studied also 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 to King’s Gabriel lectured in the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of Medicine at University of Santiago. He also taught in the Department of Psychology and Department of Sociology at University of Chile. In addition, he is Associated Researcher of the Transdisciplinary Laboratory of Social Practices and Subjectivity (LaPSoS) at University of Chile.   

In the professional field, Gabriel has worked in community centres and mental health care services in Chile.

Research Interest:

Gabriel’s research interests include: subjectivity, illness and mental health in young population; mental health and migration; health system and politics of evidence; feminism and gender theories; care studies; psychoanalysis and governmentality studies.

His doctoral thesis explores subjectivity and mental health in afro-descendant young immigrants in Chile, and the mutual relationship between them and mental health services. His doctoral research is funded by BecasChile Scholarship (CONICYT-CHILE).

Supervised by:

Dr Dominque Béhague (First Supervisor)

Dr Orkideh Behrouzan (Second Supervisor)


Presented “L’ethno/racial dans les pratiques de soins des dispositifs chiliens de santé (mentale)”, at International Colloquium “Production, Œuvre, Symptôme: Valeur et fonction de l'objet dans les processus d'inclusion/exclusión”. The University of Aix-Marseille, France. September 2016.

Presented “Reflexiones en torno a estudios migratorios en salud mental y perspectiva del ‘care’” at “Seminario Avances y Reflexiones en la Formación en Ética e Interculturalidad de Universitarios y Profesionales”. Santiago, Chile. November 2015.

Presented “Consideraciones conceptuales para la formulación de estudios migratorios desde la perspectiva del ‘care’” at “Congreso Internacional de Bioética: Bioética y Humanismo”. University of Santiago, Chile. October 2015.

Presented “Malestar y reconocimiento en sueños de jóvenes chilenos” at “IV Coloquio Chileno-Francés de Psicoanálisis “Sueños””. University of Chile, Chile. October 2015.

Start date at King’s:

October 2016

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