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Jan Haaken, Ph.D.

Janice Haaken is Professor Emeritus of Psychology,

a clinical psychologist, and a documentary filmmaker.

Academic Positions

  • Fulbright Specialist Scholar, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University College Cork (Ireland), 2020

  • Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of York (UK), Spring, 2017

  • Research/Documentary Production, Studies in Animal Law, Lewis & Clark College of Law, 2017

  • Research Consultant, Department of OB/GYN and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 2014-2016

  • Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, London School of Economics, (UK) 2014

  • Fulbright Specialist Scholar, Department of Sociology, Durham University (UK), 2012

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Portland State University, 2011-present

  • Professor, Department of Psychology, Portland State University, 1981-2011

  • Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, Portland State University, 1979-1986

  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health Sciences University, 1978-79.


Recent Films

Necessity: Oil, Water and Climate Resistance (2020, 58 minutes)

In association with Film Independent. Distributed through Collective Eye.

Our Bodies Our Doctors (2019, 78 minutes)

Directed by Jan Haaken, Specular Productions in association with Portland State University. Distributed through Gravitas Ventures.

Feminists Walking the City: Revisiting Sites of Resistance in London and Portland (2017, 14 minutes)

Directed by Jan Haaken and Maggie O’Neill, a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship Research Project. Available on Vimeo.

Kuwepo (2016, 24 minutes)

Written and directed by Jan Haaken, produced by University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Department of OB/GYN.

Milk Men: The Life and Times of Dairy Farmers  (2015, 76 minutes)

Written and directed by Jan Haaken. Feature-length film, currently available through Lower Forty Films. Distributed through Gravitas Ventures, October 2016.

Mind Zone: Therapists Behind the Front Lines (2014, 51 minutes)

Written and Directed by Jan Haaken, produced through Herzog & Company, Los Angeles. Available on Vimeo. 

Guilty Except for Insanity (2010, 85 minutes)

Directed by Jan Haaken. Available on Vimeo.

Moving 2 the Beat (2009, 44 minutes)

Produced by Jan Haaken, Directed by Caleb Heymann and Abdul Fofanah. Produced and broadcast through the National Black Programming Consortium (Corporation for Public Broadcasting). Watch free on Vimeo.


Haaken, J. (2020). Psychiatry, Politics and PTSD: Breaking Down

New York: Routledge Press.

Haaken, J. (2010). Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling

London: Routledge.

Haaken, J. and Reavey, P. (2010) (eds). Memory Matters: Understanding Recollections of Sexual Abuse

London: Routledge.

Haaken, J., Ladum, A., Zundel, K., DeTarr, S., & Heymann, C. (2005). Speaking Out: Women, War, and the Global Economy

Portland, OR: Ooligan Press.

Haaken, J. (1998). Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back

New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Recent Journal Articles/Book Chapters/Reviews

Haaken, J. (2020). Lynne Layton, Toward a social psychoanalysis: culture, character, and normative unconscious processes: Book review. Subjectivity 13(3),.235-242

Haaken, J. (December, 2018). Vamik’s Room (dir. Molly Castelloe): Film review. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 23 (4), 48-484.

Ladum, A. M., & Haaken, J. (March, 2017). Women’s perspectives on war and peace in Sierra Leone. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 23(4), 353-362.

Haaken, J. (February, 2017). Many mornings after: Campus sexual assault and feminist politics. Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, 66 (1), 17-28.

Cornish, F., Haaken, J., Moskovitz, L., & J., Jackson, S. (May, 2016). Rethinking prefigurative politics: An introduction to the thematic special section. Journal of Social and Political Psychology.

Haaken, J. (September, 2016). Riding the waves of feminism: Psychoanalysis and women’s liberation. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 21 (3), 223-231.

Haaken, J. and Stadick, M. (December, 2016). Behind the curtain: A cultural analysis of virtual reality treatment for combat-related PTSD. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 21 (4), 368-385.

Haaken, J. (2015). Alienists and alienation: Critical psychology in search of itself. In Ian Parker (ed.) Critical Psychology Handbook. London: Taylor & Francis, 213-221.

Haaken, J. (2014). Keepin it real: Social action research, psychoanalytic theory, and the Moving to the Beat project. In O’Neill, M, Roberts, B. & Sparekes, A. Advances in Biographical Methods: Creative Applications. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 43-54.

Haaken, J. & O’Neill, M. (2014). Moving images: Psychoanalytically informed methods in documenting the lives of women migrants and asylum seekers. Journal of Health Psychology 19, 79-89.

Haaken, J. & Palmer, T. (2012). War stories: Discursive strategies in framing military sexual trauma. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 17, 325-333

Haaken, J., Wallin-Ruschman, J. & Patange, S. (2011). Global hip-hop identities: Black youth, psychoanalytic action research, and the Moving to the Beat project. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology 22, 63-74.

Haaken, J. (2011). Picturing the field: Social action research, psychoanalytic theory, and documentary filmmaking. In Paula Reavey (ed.). Visual Methods in Psychology. London: Francis and Taylor.

Haaken, J. (2010). The seventh veil: Feminism, recovered memory, and the politics of the unconscious. In Susannah Radstone and Bill Schwarz (eds), Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates. New York: Fordham University Press, 428-441.

Fussell, H., Haaken, J., Lewy, C., & McFarland, B. (2009) Clinical perceptions: A study of partner violence and methamphetamine use as presenting problems. Psychiatry 72 (4), 381-391.

Haaken, J. (2008). Too close for comfort: Psychoanalytic cultural theory and domestic violence politics. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 13, 75-93.

Haaken, J. (2008). When White Buffalo Calf Woman meets Oedipus on the road: Psychoanalysis, Lakota psychology and male violence. Theory & Psychology 18, 195-208.

Haaken, J. Fussell, H. & Mankowski, E. (2007). Bringing the Church to its knees: Evangelical Christianity, feminism, and domestic violence discourse. Politics and Psychotherapy International 5 (2), 103-115.

Haaken, J. (2005, December). What’s so funny? Video ethnography and drag performance. Journal of Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, 319-327.

Professional Associations/Boards

Editorial Board, Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society

APA Division 39

APA Section IX


Lena Sharpe Persistence of Vision Award, 2019 Seattle International Film Festival


Silver Science Lecture Award, 2012 Barnard College

Emerging Documentary Director, 2009 Pacific Pioneer Fund

John Elliott Allen Award for Teaching, 2007

John Elliott Allen Award for Teaching, 2001