Jan Haaken is professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State University, a clinical psychologist, and documentary filmmaker.
From refugee camps, shelters, war zones and mental hospitals to drag bars and hip-hop clubs, Jan Haaken’s documentary films focus on people and places on the social margins, drawing out their insights on the world around them. As a psychologist and documentarian, Haaken weaves research and historical analyses into rich and vividly drawn landscapes that represent the perspectives of her subjects. Through the lens of psychology, she takes intimate conversations with people in crisis into wider social vistas, bringing forces on the periphery of the action into focus.
Haaken recently completed “MIND ZONE: Therapists Behind the Front Lines” through Herzog & Company in Los Angeles, a production company known for its high quality and award-winning programming. Herzog & Company also has joined Portland State University as co-producer in distribution of “Guilty Except for Insanity,” which is under review as the pilot for a television series.