- B.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1992
- B.S., Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, 1996
- M.A., Social Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2000
- Ph.D., Social Psychology and Gender/Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2004
- M.A., Existential and Phenomenological Psychology, Seattle University, in process
Laura Citrin is in her second year of training at Seattle University’s Existential and Phenomenological Psychology Master’s program, which emphasizes the healing relationship between therapist and client, the uniqueness of every individual’s life experiences, the ways that mental health is embodied, and an importance on close listening and truly being present. As a long-time feminist social psychological scholar and teacher, Laura thinks of mental health struggles as experiences situated in the wider relational, social, cultural, and historical contexts. She has a special interest in how moralizing emotions such as shame, contempt, disgust, and guilt operate on and through individuals within their social worlds. Laura sees college as an exciting place of learning and discovery; it is also potentially a time of great change in our lives, which can bring forth confusion or anxiety as well as opportunities for empowerment and growth.