Constance A. Cummings, PhD, Project Director
Constance A. Cummings is project director of the FPR and the website’s managing editor. In addition to co-organizing FPR workshops and conferences, she is a co-editor of Formative Experiences: The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health (Cambridge, 2015). She received her AB in Greek and Latin from Brown University and her PhD in theoretical linguistics (syntax) from New York University. She also completed the editing certificate program at the University of Chicago.
She is working on a new edited volume with biocultural anthropologist Carol Worthman, cultural psychologist Shinobu Kitayama, cultural psychiatrist Laurence Kirmayer, and psychological anthropologist and documentary filmmaker Robert Lemelson that focuses on culture, mind, and brain. The idea for this volume emerged from the current view of the brain as networked, dynamic, plastic, and adaptable, which has provided new opportunities for rethinking the role of culture in understanding behavior, addressing variation and conflict, improving education, and ameliorating global health and social challenges. With a firm grounding in anthropology, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, these essays aim to advance understanding of the relationships between culture, mind, and brain by focusing on the best examples of innovative transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary work – ideally testing, illustrating, or challenging existing views or evidence.