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Saint Maryâ€™s Lecturer Wins National Essay Award in Psychoanalysis and Culture
for Second Year in a Row
MORAGA, CA (Jan. 13, 2009) â€“ Saint Maryâ€™s College Lecturer Elise Miller, Ph.D., has won the 2008 CORST Prize for best essay on psychoanalytically informed research in the bio-behavioral sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. It is the second year in a row she has picked up the American Psychoanalytic Associationâ€™s most distinguished prize. In the twelve-year history of the essay competition, sponsored by the APsaAâ€™s Committee on Research and Special Trainingâ€™s (CORST), no writer has won it twice.
Her 2008 winning essay, â€œWhose Subject: What Literary Authors Can Teach Clinicians Who Write About Patientsâ€ examines what psychological professionals can learn from literary writers and how they can incorporate those insights into their own writings about patients. In 2007, she won the award for an essay on healing trauma through autobiographical narrative. Dr. Miller will accept the CORST award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize, on January 16, 2009 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, NY.
A Collegiate Seminar instructor, Dr. Miller has taught at SMC for 16 years. Her scholarly work and teaching, most recently, has been in American autobiography & memoir, with an emphasis on multicultural and ethnic minority writers. She teaches at Saint Maryâ€™s College and in the University of California at Berkeley American Cultures Program. She is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a special interest in the unconscious conflicts, anxieties, and obstacles unique to those who write about psychology and psychoanalysis.
Saint Maryâ€™s College, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community in Moraga, California based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. The college currently enrolls more than 3,800 students in undergraduate, graduate and extended education programs. The Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school.