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Laura J. Yakas

LEO Intermittent Lecturer

Laura J. Yakas

Dr. Laura Yakas is a recent graduate of the joint program in social work and anthropology, and her (budding) career emphasizes empowering people to meet their social needs – specifically purpose and belonging – in order to heal and harness psychiatrically diagnosable experiences. She views mental illness as a deeply complex social justice issue (rather than merely a clinical issue), and is experienced in teaching about oppression, facilitating anti-oppressive programming, and working in (and researching) non-clinical psychosocial clubhouses. 


Year Degree   School
2018 PhD Social Work & Anthropology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2016 MSW Interpersonal Practice/Mental Health University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2015 MA Anthropology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2010 BA Kenyon College


U-M SSW PhD Anthropology Graduate - 2018

Dissertation Topic

Love in a Time of Madness: The Importance of Purpose and Belonging in Healing and Harnessing Madness

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