Culture and Mental Health Lab

Welcome to the main page for the Culture and Mental Health Lab at the New School for Social Research. Here you will find information about our current projects and how to collaborate with Dr. Gaztambide on his scholarship and research.

Our lab examines culture and mental health not only in terms of the beliefs, behaviors, rituals and practices of peoples and groups from diverse communities, but also in how inequalities and disparities manifest themselves in terms of race, ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, citizenship status, age, and religion.

The Culture and Mental Health Lab also provides a safe space for students and lab members to critically explore their identities, experience of power, and the socio-political implications of their work. Engagement in applied community work is not a requirement of the Lab, but is highly encouraged as part of a robust training experience as scholars, researchers, and public advocates.

Below you will find a brief list of our working projects, and instructions should you wish to join. We look forward to hearing from you!


Daniel José Gaztambide, PsyD, Director

Jennifer Whitney, M.A., Lab Manager

Check out our working projects:

Lab Meeting Calendar and Topics

***New School students and current volunteers only***

During our bi-weekly meetings, lab members will lead a discussion on a subject of their choosing related to diversity and social justice.

  • 9/19—Wealth Inequality and Class

  • 10/3—Mindfulness, Buddhism and Social Justice

  • 10/17—Black Feminist Ethics and Clinical Practice

  • 10/31—Complex Trauma among Urban Young Adults

  • 11/14—Impact of Religion and Spirituality on Treatment Seeking

  • 11/21—Mental health Treatment of Immigrant Children who have been Detained

  • 12/5—Intersectionality in Research and Clinical work