Jan Haaken is professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State University, a clinical psychologist, and documentary filmmaker.
Haaken has published extensively in the areas of psychoanalysis and feminism, the history of psychiatric diagnosis, the psychology of storytelling, group responses to violence, and the dynamics of social change. From refugee camps, war zones, domestic violence shelters and asylums to drag bars and hip-hop clubs, Haaken’s projects focus on people who inhabit the border zones of society and their insights on the broader social order.
Haaken is author of Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back (1998) and Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling (2010), co-author of Speaking Out: Women, War and the Global Economy (2005) and co-editor of Memory Matters: Understanding Recollections of Sexual Abuse (2010). Her feature-length films include “Diamonds, Guns, and Rice “ (Co-director), “Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag” (Director), “Moving to the Beat” (Producer), “Guilty Except for Insanity” (Director), “Mind Zone: Therapists Behind the Front Lines” (Director), and “Milk Men: The Life and Times of Dairy Farmers” (Director). Haaken also co-produces the Old Mole Variety Hour, an activist public affairs program on KBOO Community Radio, and serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. Her publications include curriculum guides and multi-media materials for education and public awareness, as well as academic books and articles.