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Saint Mary's College Lecturer Wins National Essay Award for Unprecedented Second Straight Year

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Saint Mary's Lecturer Wins National Essay Award in Psychoanalysis and Culture
for Second Year in a Row

MORAGA, CA (Jan. 13, 2009) – Saint Mary'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 Association's most distinguished prize. In the twelve-year history of the essay competition, sponsored by the APsaA's Committee on Research and Special Training's (CORST), no writer has won it twice.

Her 2008 winning essay, "Whose Subject: What Literary Authors Can Teach Clinicians Who Write About Patients" 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 Mary'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.