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Dobkin de Rios, Marlene

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: April 12, 1939 - November 2012

Biographical Information

Marlene Dobkin de Rios (1939-2012) was a cultural anthropologist, medical anthropologist, and psychotherapist.

She was a professor of anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, teaching cultural anthropology, from 1969 until her retirement in 2000. In 1989, after earning an MA in clinical psychology, she was an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California, Irvine, where she taught transcultural psychiatry. There, she also worked with burn patients and victims of childhood sexual abuse in a clinical capacity. These clients were primarily immigrants from Latin America, and she employed techniques learned from indigenous healers in her work with them.

An expert in ayahuasca, traditional healing, and new religions, Dobkin de Rios conducted fieldwork in the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon for nearly three decades. She was one of the first anthropologists to report on the use of the ayahuasca and the San Pedro cactus in South America. She was president of the Southwestern Anthropological Association in the early 1980s and on the executive board of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. She also served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Anthropology of Consciousness and the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. Marlene Dobkin de Rios was born on April 12, 1939 in New York to Bernard and Anne Dobkin. She received her BA in experimental psychology from Queens College in 1959, her MA in Anthropology from New York University in 1963, and her PhD from the University of California, Riverside in 1972. In the 1980s she also earned an MA in Clincial Psychology from University of California, Irvine.

She is the author of eight books and nearly two hundred professional articles. Among her most recent publications are Brief Psychotherapy with the Latino Immigrant Client (2000), LSD Spirituality and the Creative Process with Oscar Janiger (2003), A Hallucinogenic Tea, Laced with Controversy (2008), and The Psychedelic Journey of Marlene Dobkin de Rios: 45 Years with Shamans, Ayahuasqueros and Ethnobotanists (2011). She passed away in November of 2012.

Citation

Source: Baker, John. "In Memoriam: Marlene Dobkin de Rios," Anthropology News, Volume 4, Number 3, March 2010.

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Dobkin de Rios, Marlene. An Anthropological Theory of Drug-Induced Hallucinations. (typed manuscript), 1973

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 4, Item 35
Scope and Contents To be published in Proceedings, 9th International Congress of Anthro. And Ethno. Sciences, Chicago. Handwritten note on front page.
Dates: 1973

Dobkin de Rios, Marlene and Mercedes Cardenas. "Plant Hallucinogens, Shaminism and Nazca Ceramics." Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2, 1980

 Item — Box: 2, Folder: 13
Identifier: MSP 56, File 13, Item 4
Scope and Contents Reprint. Brief note on front cover; brief marginalia in reference section.
Dates: 1980

Dobkin de Rios, Marlene. Cultura Persona in Drug-Induced Altered States of Consciousness. (typed manuscript), 1973

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 4, Item 34
Scope and Contents To be published in Proceedings, Southern Anthopol. Assoc. Meeting. Handwritten note on front page.
Dates: 1973

Dobkin de Rios, Marlene. Man, Culture and Hallucinogen: An Overview. (typed manuscript), undated

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 4, Item 33
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.
Dates: undated

Dobkin de Rios, Marlene. "Plant Hallucinogens and the Religion of the Mochica - an Ancient Peruvian People," Economic Botany. Vol. 31, No. 2 (reprint), April - June 1977

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 4, Item 38
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.
Dates: April - June 1977

Dobkin de Rios, Marlene. "Plant Hallucinogens, Out-of-Body Experiences and New World Monumental Earthworks" in Drugs, Rituals and Altered States of Consciousness, Brian M. Du Toit ed. Rotterdam: A. A. Balkema (reprint), 1977

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 4, Item 39
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.
Dates: 1977

Dobkin de Rios, Marlene. "Socio-Economic Characteristics of an Amazon Urban Healer’s Clientele." Social Science and Medicine 15B, 1981

 Item — Box: 2, Folder: 13
Identifier: MSP 56, File 13, Item 3
Scope and Contents Photocopy. Source includes appendix with questionnaire.
Dates: 1981

Dobkin de Rios, Marlene. "Some Relationships between Music and Hallucinogenic Ritual: The Jungle Gym in Consciousness," ETHOS. Vol. 3, No. 1 (reprint), Spring 1975

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 4, Item 37
Scope and Contents Underlining and marginalia throughout. Handwritten note on back page.
Dates: Spring 1975

Dobkin de Rios, Marlene. "The Influence of Psychotropic Flora and Fauna on Maya Religion," Current Anthropology. Vol. 15, No. 2 (reprint), June 1974

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 4, Item 36
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.
Dates: June 1974

Dobkin de Rios, Marlene. "The Wilderness of Mind: Sacred Plants in Cross-Cultural Perspective," Sage Research Papers in the Social Sciences. Vol. 5 (original first printing), 1976

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 4, Item 32
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.
Dates: 1976

Dobkin, Marlene. "Folk Curing with a Psychedelic Cactus in the North Coast of Peru," The International Journal of Social Psychiatry. Vol. 15, No. 1 (reprint), 1968

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSP 1, Series 3, Sub-Series 2, File 4, Item 31
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Includes published and unpublished preprints, reprints, abstracts, and drafts of articles on the use of psychotropic substances as a therapeutic agent. It also includes book chapters, letters to the editor, and conference presentations.
Dates: 1968

Dobkin, Marlene. "Trichocereus pachanoi—A Mescaline Cactus Used in Folk Healing in Peru.", 1967

 Item — Box: 2, Folder: 15
Identifier: MSP 56, File 15, Item 6
Scope and Contents Photocopy. Journal title, volume information missing. This article is available electronically in the database JSTOR.
Dates: 1967

Grob, Charles and Marlene Dobkin de Rios. "Adolescent Drug Use in Cross-Cultural Perspective." The Journal of Drug Issues 22, no. 1, 1992

 Item — Box: 2, Folder: 14
Identifier: MSP 56, File 14, Item 3
Scope and Contents Reprint. This article is available electronically in Academic Search Premier.
Dates: 1992