Amy G Weisman

Professor
Associate Director of the Adult Division

Phone:
(305) 284-3477
Locator Code:
0751

 
Career

Education

1994Ph.D. University of Southern California
Research

I work closely with a team of graduate and undergraduate students to examine cultural and family factors that influence the course of severe mental illness.‌

Bottom row (left to right): Jessica Maura (graduate student), Caitlin Brown (graduate student), Amy Weisman de Mamani, Ana Martinez de Andino (graduate student), Marc Weintraub (graduate student) Top row (left to right), undergraduate research assistants: Mary Connolly, Charly Edmiston, Adina Benasayag, Renata Correa

I am particularly interested in free will perceptions, attributions of control, religious beliefs and values, and other socio-cultural factors (e.g., self-construal and acculturation) that may be associated with patients’ and relatives’ emotional reactions to schizophrenia. A major focus of my research has been aimed at developing and testing a 15-session culturally informed treatment for schizophrenia (CIT-S), which expands earlier interventions in an attempt to better serve minority families and patients coping with the illness. In particular, several spiritual and existential components were developed and combined with previously established cognitive behavioral techniques to make treatment more relevant for Hispanics and other minorities prevalent in Miami. We now have strong data indicating that this treatment is effective (relative to a psycho-education only control condition) in reducing the severity of patient’s psychiatric symptoms and in decreasing shame, guilt, and psychological  burden in schizophrenia caregivers.

Graduate student oral presentations. Caitlin Brown at the World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Melbourne Australia (left). Ana Martinez de Andino at the Ibero-American Congress of Clinical and Health Psychology, Puerto Rico (right).

My team is also interested in age-related dementias. We recently completed data collection on a study entitled, “Religion and free will  perceptions as coping mechanisms in caregivers of patients with dementia.” Results indicated that subscribing to a free will perspective and  utilizing religious coping techniques was associated with a greater quality of life in caregivers of patients with dementia.

Amy Weisman de Mamani at the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Melbourne, Australia (2016).

I am currently working on a new project aimed at examining how psychopathology manifests in Hispanic, fully bilingual (English-Spanish)  speakers with schizophrenia. In 2016 we received a Provost Research award for this study, and data collection is now underway.

Publications

Weintraub, M.J., Hall, D., Carbonella, J. Y., Weisman de Mamani, A., & Hooley, J. (in press). Family Process


Weisman de Mamani, A., Weintraub, M.J., Gurak, K., Maura, J., Martinez de Andino, A., & Brown, C.A. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging