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Elisabeth Punzi


Department of Social
Visiting address
Sprängkullsgatan 25
41123 Göteborg
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Postal address
Box 720
40530 Göteborg

About Elisabeth Punzi


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.


I mainly teach qualitative methods and courses in mental health.

Research interests

I am interested in questions of gender, ethnicity, religion and identity as well as artistic expressions and how they can be integrated in psychosocial work. Together with Cecilia Petterson, lecturer at LIR I work with the Network for literature and  psychology. I also 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 clinical work. I mainly write from the humanistic and critical perpsectives.

I study artistic expressions and how they might be important for meaning making as well as resistance and activism.  I am also part of the Interdisciplinary Network for Narratives and Mental Health and together with Christoph Singer and Jarmila Mildorf at Paderborn university and Cornelia Wächter, Bochum university, Germany. I co-arranged the conference Narratives and mental health: fragmentations, disruptions and silences, in Paderborn December, 2017.

Psychiatry holds a heritage, both in the form of buildings, users' creative work, and users´ narratives. I write about this heritage and how we need to acknowledge the experiences of those individuals who were, and are, subject to oppressive interventions. 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.

Since there are so many interesting things to write about, I cannot keep from also writing about the connection between psychoanalysis and Judaism.

Together with Malgorzata Erikson and Martin Ericson I study university students' perspectives on education and learning.