Student Engagement Opportunities

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Undergraduates, Medical Students, Law Students, Graduate Students, and Psychiatry (or another relevant discipline) Resident Physicians may apply to pursue educational studies, research, or clinically-oriented work for university credit through the Program. The Program will endeavor to provide applicants with a meaningful experience with us as appropriate for their level of training and experience and may receive credit for their work.

Under the supervision of Stanford faculty, trainees work in the program to collect and present data on the mental health effects of human rights violations.  There is also the possibility of clinically–oriented work with individual survivors of human rights violations.

This multidisciplinary inquiry, literature search, and academic summary may serve as the subject of a thesis or dissertation for Palo Alto University students, scholarly concentration for Psychiatry Residents, or Honors Thesis for undergrads.

Other undergraduate opportunities for credit include data collection and presentation. Projects occur in the lab under the supervision of Dr. Reicherter and/or other selected staff, with reflection exercises assigned and discussed regularly in supervision with Dr. Reicherter (in independent study).

Program involvement can also occur through sponsored coursework.

Independent Studies in Psychiatry:

  • PSYC 299 (Fall, Wnt, Spr, Sum) “Directed Reading in Psychiatry”
  • PSYC 290 (Fall, Wnt, Spr, Sum) “Teaching in Psychiatry”
  • PSYC 199 (Fall, Wnt, Spr, Sum) “Undergraduate Research”

For these courses, students must select the class instructed by Dr. Daryn Reicherter, M.D. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Students may choose Dr. Reicherter (or the other appropriate faculty, depending on emphasis) as an adviser and may select Dr. Reicherter as their dissertation committee chair or member.  They will be strongly encouraged to follow the data from their report through the specific criminal case that it may be used in and summarize the impact that their work has on the outcome of the case or its advocacy for the victim/survivors of the human rights abuses.