Constance A. Cummings, PhD, Project Director of the FPR, is co-editor of Formative Experiences: The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology (Cambridge University Press, 2010). She is currently working on an edited volume based on the FPR’s 2010 conference on cultural and biological contexts of psychiatric disorders with co-editors Rob Lemelson and Laurence Kirmayer of McGill University. Planning is also underway for the 5th FPR-UCLA interdisciplinary conference, Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications, October 19–20, 2012. She explores related topics on the FPR blog and posts links to cutting-edge research on, and public perceptions of, brain, mind, culture, and mental illness on twitter. She received her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from New York University in 2001.
Critical acclaim for Formative Experiences:
"Formative Experiences is a genuine and transformative interdisciplinary mix, with anthropology providing a key role in this crucible for neurons, hormones, genes, emotions, social learning, family relationships, cultural history, and public health policy....The volume combines senior superstars (mostly from biological psychiatry) with emerging junior researchers (including cultural anthropologists and medical clinicians) who present the empirical content. It is a superb, global group that integrates substantive reviews of theory and mechanism with solid ethnographic and clinical case histories to produce new ideas about ontogeny of brain and mind in social and cultural context."
– Mark V. Flinn in the American Journal of Human Biology, 23(3), 429.