We live in a “psychological age,” where gaining an understanding of our own psychology will be the most critical in determining whether we can overcome a pandemic, not war with one another, and help humanity survive its own self-destructiveness, such as we see through global inequality and the climate crisis. Many of the same therapeutic principles that apply to individuals apply to societies, and therapists can play an important role in helping to heal our world.
Dr. Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.DIV.
Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div., is a forensic psychiatrist and violence expert who taught at Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School for 17 years, was a fellow of the National Institute of Mental Health, and consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition to her clinical work in correctional and public-sector settings, she was director of research for the Center for the Study of Violence, director of Yale’s Violence and Health Study Group, and leader of an academic collaborators group for the WHO. She consulted with governments on violence prevention programming internationally and within the U.S., as well as helped with prison reform, including New York City’s once-notorious Rikers Island. She designed a popular Global Health Studies course at Yale College, which led to the textbook, Violence: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Causes, Consequences, and Cures (Wiley-Blackwell, 2019). She published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, 17 edited scholarly books and journal special issues, almost 300 op-eds in outlets such as The Guardian, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Independent, and Politico, and the New York Times bestseller, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President (Macmillan, 2017 and 2019).