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Dobkin de Rios, Marlene



  • Existence: April 12, 1939 - November 2012

Biographical Information

Marlene Dobkin de Rios was born on April 12, 1939 in New York to Bernard and Anne Dobkin. Dobkin de Rios received her BA in 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. She is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and the Royal Anthropological Institute and served as president for the Ethnopharmacology Society (1979-1981) and the Southwestern Anthropological Association (1979-1980). She taught cultural anthropology at California State University-Fullerton (1969-2000), where she is now Professor Emerita of Anthropology. Dobkin de Rios is a medical anthropologist and psychotherapist who works as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California-Irvine. She also works as a transcultural specialist helping those from other cultures and has developed a technique called “Visualization Strategies for Success,” which is used to help individuals improve their professional testtaking abilities. Dobkin de Rios’ anthropological fieldwork is extensive, as she has conducted research on ayahuasca in Peru and Brazil, which resulted in several publications. Dobkin de Rios’ impressive and diverse accomplishments range from her work as a cultural anthropologist, medical anthropologist, and psychotherapist. Among her most recent publications are Brief Psychotherapy with the Latino Immigrant Client (2000), LSD Spirituality and the Creative Process with Oscar Janiger (2003), “Anthropologist as Fortuneteller” in Skeptic Magazine (2006), 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.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Marlene Dobkin de Rios papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 72
Abstract The Marlene Dobkin de Rios papers documents De Rios' anthropological research on hallucinogens and contains correspondence, biographical clippings, papers, conference materials, and article reprint request cards.
Dates: 1967 - 2008