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:

Interested in a career in psychology? Looking to specialize in culture, inequality, and mental health?

We are currently recruiting research assistants interested in learning about psychology, mental health and culture. Potential candidates would assist Dr. Gaztambide (“Dr. G”) in his research and scholarly projects.

Candidates would have the opportunity to:

  • Receive training in qualitative research methods and learn how to develop research questions, conduct literature reviews, learn systems for coding and analyzing data, and data entry and management.

  • Be exposed to didactic instruction on issues related to race, culture, inequality and mental health through lab meetings, and present on topics related to their interest.

  • Receive mentorship in professional development, including clarifying academic goals/interests and applying to graduate school (master’s or doctoral school).

  • Depending on the project, candidates may also have the opportunity to present research findings with Dr. G.

Although we predominantly work with graduate students at the New School, we are open to graduates and undergraduates from other institutions. While we do not offer paid positions, we do cover costs for relevant trainings.


  • Demonstrate a passion for psychology and social justice

  • Ability to commit to working 6-8 hours/week, including attendance to bi-weekly (every other week) lab meetings

  • Strong verbal, writing and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to be a self-starter, work well with others, and seek feedback

  • Fluency in Spanish a plus but not required.

How to apply

Please fill out the form below, including:

  • Your name and contact information

  • Institution

  • E-mail

In your message, include the hours you are available to work, and a brief paragraph describing

  • Your research interests and specific projects of our lab you are interested in

  • Relevant work experience

  • Your professional/career goals

  • How we can help you meet your goals

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