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Pitzer Professor Expands Mental Healthcare Globally With Friendship Bench Zimbabwe

Marcus Rodriguez on the far right sits on a wood bench with a sign for Friendship Bench on the back rest. A Friendship Bench worker sits on the opposite side of the bench and other workers gather behind the bench.“Why I train grandmothers to treat depression”: This 2018 TED talk by Dixon Chibanda about Friendship Bench Zimbabwe planted a seed that Associate Professor of Psychology Marcus Rodriguez has brought to fruition in a new cross-cultural partnership. Chibanda founded Friendship Bench Zimbabwe to bridge the country’s mental health treatment gap through community-based psychological intervention. Rodriguez [Read More...]
October 24, 2023
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Students Engage in International, Justice-Oriented Psychology Research

Huei Ming Lim and Professor Marcus Rodriguez sit in rolling chairs in Rodriguez’s office and smile at Sarah Mann as she stands and leans against a desk as she raises a hand mid-conversation. Rodriguez wears a dark blue and orange Pitzer sweatshirt. A tall shelf with various children’s books and figurines are to the left and a window with a view of the trees on campus are behind them.At the Global Mental Health Lab at Pitzer, Assistant Professor of Psychology Marcus Rodriguez makes science a team sport. Rodriguez founded the lab with an active, globally-minded approach to make mental health care more accessible and to give undergraduate students hands-on research opportunities in clinical psychology alongside local and international partners, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. “I have my students doing the tasks that PhD students might do at another institution. My students are involved at every level of the scientific process.”
October 18, 2022