Stigma Across Cultures
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Andrea Vassilev is a fifth-year doctoral student earning her Psy.D. in clinical psychology. Her primary research interest and clinical specialty is bipolar disorder. Her dissertation, titled “Overcoming Self-Stigma in Bipolar Disorder: An Intervention”, involved the creation of the first ever English language program to address and treat self-stigma in bipolar disorder. See www.ossibd.com for information or to sign up for the free program.
Andrea works on various projects with the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. She has had the opportunity to present her research and writing at various national/international conferences, including the American Psychological Association and the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She sits on the advisory board and is the chair of the education committee for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of California.
Personally, Andrea dedicates herself to mental health outreach, awareness, and advocacy. Her primary passion is the fight to eradicate stigma regarding mental illness and heal self-stigma in those living with these conditions. To that end, she collaborates and presents talks on a variety of topics both academic and personal. She hopes that telling her own story of life with bipolar disorder through the lenses of clinical causes, treatments, and outcomes will provide education, hope, and comfort to others.