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Elisabeth Punzi

Senior Lecturer

Department of Social
Work
Visiting address
Sprängkullsgatan 25
41123 Göteborg
Room number
D351
Postal address
Box 720
40530 Göteborg

About Elisabeth Punzi

Biography

Clinical psychologist, specialized in clinical psychology, specialized in neuropsychology. I have worked with clients with various psychosocial difficulties, in marignalized situations. PhD in psychology and associate professor.

Teaching

I mainly teach qualitative methods and courses in mental health.

Research interests

I am interested in questions of gender, ethnicity and religion as well as artistic expressions and how they can support recovery and be integrated in psychosocial work and psychiatry. I cooperate with the Affective treatment unit at Sahlgrenska university hospital and write about the art and creative writing activities the patients at their in-treatment units are invited to.

I also work at the Center for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS), directing the project concerning Heritage and well-being. I was part of arranging the conference The material and immaterial heritage of psychiatry, June 11-12th, 2019 at Gothenburg University.

Current research

My research interest concerns the intersection of clinical practice and clinical research and how the unique client and his/hers experiences and context might be the starting point for research as well as fro practical work and interventions. I often write from existential, humanistic or psychodynamic perspectives.

I study artistic expressions and how they might be important for meaning making as well as for resistance and activism. I am also part of the Interdisciplinary Network for Narratives and Mental Health and together with Professor Christoph Singer, Innsbruck university. PhD Jarmila Mildorf, Paderborn university and Professor Cornelia Wächter, Bochum university. With them, I co-arranged the conference Narratives and mental health: fragmentations, disruptions and silences, in Paderborn December, 2017. We are also editors for a book series called Narratives and mental health, published by the academic publisher Brill.

Psychiatry holds a heritage, both in the form of buildings, survivors/users' creative work, and survivirs/users' narratives. I write about this heritage and how we need to acknowledge the experiences of those individuals. We also need to engage in remembrance of psychiatry's heritage and admit the oppression and abuse that has taken, and still take place, and learn from the past. I also cooperate with survivors/users in the association Mad heritage and contemporary arts and I am part of the board of Gyllenkroken, an activity center for people have been or are users of psychiatry. I am also part of the board of Swedish Association for Philosophy and Psychiatry.

Since there are so many interesting things to write about, I cannot keep from also writing about the connection between psychoanalysis and Judaism and specifically the Jewish identity of Sigmund Freud and how anti-semitism needs to be acknowledged when trying to understand Sigmund Freud and his writings.

Together with Malgorzata Erikson and Martin Ericson I study university students' perspectives on education and learning. Together with mostafa Hosseini, I am involved in a study concerning how unaccompanied refugee minors experience intergation. I am also part of a research project led by PhD Lisa Rudolfsson concerning how women who have been raped are encountered by police and medical staff members. Through the perspective of the women concerned, police men and medical staff members we investigate how the reception of raped women might be improved.