About The FPR

The Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Los Angeles that supports and advances interdisciplinary research projects and scholarship at the intersection of psychology, culture, neuroscience, and psychiatry, with an emphasis on cultural factors as central, not peripheral. The FPR was founded in December 1999 with a gift from Robert B. Lemelson, a documentary filmmaker and psychological anthropologist on the UCLA faculty.

Dr. Robert Lemelson and The Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR) have expanded the funding of the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development (CBD) to include a new Program for Culture, Brain, Development, and Mental Health (CBDMH). Through a series of workshops, conferences, and publications, the FPR brings scholars, researchers, and clinicians together to think across disciplinary boundaries and address issues of fundamental clinical and social concern. The FPR is also a key supporter of the Culture, Brain, and Development Program at Hampshire College and the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development at the University of California, Los Angeles.

2015 Conference REGISTER NOW! – Early registration ends June 30, 2015
6th Conference,
A Critical Moment: Sex/Gender Research at the Intersection of Culture, Brain, & Behavior
October 23-24, 2015
Confirmed Participants: Sari van Anders, Arthur Arnold, Tom Boellstorff, Carole Browner, Lisa Diamond, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Daniel Fessler, Matthew Gutmann, Gilbert Herdt, Melissa Hines, Kathy Huang, Marcia Inhorn, Hillard Kaplan, Robert Lemelson, Michael Peletz, Donald Pfaff, Sarah Richardson, James Rilling, Alice Wexler, Carol Worthman

2015 Conference
Book in Progress:
Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications
Constance A. Cummings, Laurence J. Kirmayer, Shinobu Kitayama, and Carol M. Worthman (Eds., in alphabetical order)

In Progress
Cambridge University Press

2012 Conference
SOLD OUT. Waiting List
5th Conference FPR-UCLA 2012 Conference: Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications
October 19–20, 2012
Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium

Revisioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health

Laurence J. Kirmayer, Robert B. Lemelson, and Constance A. Cummings (Eds.)

Cambridge University Press

2010 Conference
Conference Cultural and Biological Contexts of Psychiatric Disorder: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment

January 22–24, 2010
UCLA Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium

Conference Summaries | Program Book

Understanding Trauma
Publication of Formative Experiences: The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology

March 2010
Cambridge University Press

Reviews | Special Discount

“A wonderful book for all professionals whose work touches the lives of children and their caregivers, and others in allied fields!”

— T. Berry Brazelton, Brazelton Touchpoints Center and Harvard Medical School

The Foundation for Psychocultural Research makes grants only to pre-selected educational organizations and to postgraduates through the FPR postdoctoral fellowship programs at UCLA. The FPR does not accept unsolicited requests for funding.