Sadeq Rahimi 


Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School / Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies     


Sadeq Rahimi, MSc, PhD, is a CIHR Research Fellow at the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, as well as a Clinical Fellow at the Boston Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.   Born in Iran, and a Canadian citizen since 1989, Sadeq Rahimi’s academic training includes English Literature (Shiraz University, Iran), Psychology (University of Saskatchewan, Canada), Cultural Psychiatry (McGill University, Canada) and Social Medicine (Harvard Medical School, USA).  He has received clinical training in Cultural Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis in Montreal, and his main interests are research and psychotherapy.  His clinical work has been primarily with immigrant and refugee adults and children, specifically with  victims of torture and trauma.  From 1997 to 2006 he worked as a clinician with the Transcultural Psychiatry team at the Montreal Children's Hospital, as a cultural consultant with the Cultural Consultation Service at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, and in private practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. His main research interest has been the relationship between culture, identity and mental health, a line of inquiry which has gradually evolved into his current work on political subjectivity, psychosis and meaning.  He has studied the cultural and social features of identity and selfhood, including cross-cultural research on social and psychological aspects of collective identity, collective self-esteem, and racism.   He has conducted research with Cambodian, French, and Caribbean communities in Quebec, as well as with psychotic patients in Istanbul, Turkey and in Boston, USA.  His current research includes projects on socio-political dimensions of health care systems in the United States; a comparative study of the cultural and political determinants of subjective experience of psychosis among Middle Eastern and North American individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia;  an examination of the cultural dimensions of change in modern Turkish political discourse; and  socio-political change and the  interaction of affect, power and subjectivity in post-revolutionary Iran.