A personal note / una nota personal

I qualify as a clinical psychologist in September and would like to work in Latin America for 6 months to a year afterwards.

If you know anyone in Spanish speaking Latin America who might be interested employing a newly qualified clinical psychologist who speaks passable Spanish (with room for improvement) and has a PhD in cognitive neuropsychiatry, please get in touch.

I can send my CV in Spanish or English and am happy to consider all types of psychology job.

For those not familiar with the world of psychology, Latin American has a long tradition of valuing psychology as an important scientific and clinical pursuit.

The first university course teaching psychology in Latin America started in 1897 and was taught by Prof Ezequiel Chavez in the Preparatory School of Mexico, five years later to become the National University of Mexico.

The first experimental psychology lab opened in 1891 in San Juan in Argentina, with the first university lab opening in 1898 in the Colegio Nacional of Buenos Aires.

In 1907 Latin America’s first professional psychology association was launched – the Sociedad de Estudios Psicologicos that gathered psychologists from across the region.

Owing to periods of social and political turmoil, Latin American psychology has traditionally been focused on applied research and practice – aiming to use psychology to improve the health and well-being of the population.

Latin America maintains a leading role in world psychology. As a testament to this, the Internation Neuropsychological Society will be holding their July conference jointly with the Neuropsychology Society of Argentina in Buenos Aires.

So, you can see why I’m keen to work in the region.

pdf of article on the history of Latin American psychology.

One Comment

  1. Enterhase
    Posted March 15, 2008 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Hi there!
    Academically speaking, I’d say Mexico is the most advanced country in Latin America.
    However, I do know some institutions in Argentina which may be looking for a psych.
    Try getting in touch with the INECO (Instituto de Neurología Cognitiva, http://www.neurologiacognitiva.org/) or the FLENI (http://www.fleni.org.ar/). At least FLENI is, as far as Argentina goes, top notch.
    If you need any more info or someone here to help you, you can contact me.
    Mucha suerte ;)


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