Jan Haaken

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Janice Kay Haaken
Jan Haaken with 807th Medical Command.jpg
Haaken on the set of MIND ZONE: Therapists Behind the Front Lines
Born (1947-03-02) March 2, 1947 (age 73)[1]
Nationality United States
OccupationProfessor, psychologist, documentarian
TitleProfessor emeritus
Academic background
Alma materWright Institute (PhD, 1979)[2]
Academic work
Sub-disciplinePsychoanalysis, feminism, social psychology, clinical psychology, community psychology
InstitutionsPortland State University

Janice Kay "Jan" Haaken (born March 2, 1947)[3] is an American clinical psychologist, documentarian, and professor emeritus of Community and Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University.[4]


Haaken began her career studying nursing at Everett Community College,[5] where she finished with an associate degree in 1969. Haaken first worked as a psychiatric nurse in a children's clinic at the University of Washington Medical Center between 1969 and 1973 before re-enrolling at the University of Washington to continue her studies,[1] graduating with a degree in psychology in 1974.[2] Haaken continued her studies at the Wright Institute in Los Angeles, graduating with a Ph.D. in 1979.


Informed by both psychoanalysis and feminism, Haaken's scholarship has focused on range of topics including the symbolic and political significance of recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse,[6] storytelling and domestic violence,[7] to psychological trauma.[4]


Community activism[edit]

In 1993, Haaken collaborated with fellow scholar and activist Johanna Brenner in establishing In Other Words, a feminist community center and bookstore in Portland, OR's Killingsworth neighborhood.[5][8]


Haaken's work as a documentary filmmaker tends to focus on people who perform stressful jobs,[9] as well as marginalized members of American society.[5][10]

Guilty Except for Insanity: Maddening Journeys Through an Asylum explores the interconnection between the American criminal justice and mental healthcare systems by following the lives of employees as well as patients at the Oregon State Hospital who were admitted on the basis of a plea of criminal insanity.[11][12]



  • Haaken, Jan (2010). Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling. Women and Psychology. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415563420.
  • Haaken, Jan (1998). Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0813528372.

Edited volumes[edit]




  • Heymann, Caleb (Director); Fofanah, Abdul (Director); Haaken, Jan (Producer) (2011). Moving to the Beat (Motion Picture). New York: National Black Programming Consortium. OCLC 767650251.


  1. ^ a b "Portland's Walk of Heroines - Jan Haaken". Portland's Walk of Heroines. Portland State University. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Janice Kay Haaken - Curriculum Vitae, 2016". JHaaken.com. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  3. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K119-GNJ : 23 May 2014), Janice Kay Haaken; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  4. ^ a b "Janice K. Haaken, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Community and Clinical Psychology". Portland State University - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Griffin, Anna (28 November 2009). "Portland State psych professor films people on the margins of life, from refugee camps to drag queens". Oregon Live. Portland, OR: Advance Publications. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back". Rutgers University Press. Rutgers University. 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2016.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling (Paperback)". Routledge. Routledge. 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  8. ^ "About". InOtherWords.org. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  9. ^ Demay, Daniel (7 July 2014). "Skagit cows star in dairy documentary". Capital Press. Salem, OR. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Bio". JHaaken.com. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  11. ^ Fox, Lauren (15 July 2010). "30 seconds with… Jan Haaken". Portland Monthly. Portland, OR. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  12. ^ Layton, Lynn. "Reviewers". Guilty Except for Insanity. Retrieved 18 July 2016. Through this unique documentary, Haaken brings an astute and empathic clinical eye to the lives of psychiatrically hospitalized patients. The film unfolds as a profound critique of institutional care tragically overtaken by the criminal justice system.


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