Amy Weisman de Mamani, Ph.D

Associate Professor
& Associate Director of the Adult Division
Ph.D. earned from the University of Southern California, 1994

Research Interests/Projects

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.

Selected Publications

Weintraub, M.J., Hall, D., Carbonella, J. Y., Weisman de Mamani, A., & Hooley, J. (in press). Is p-hacking a problem in the expressed emotion literature? Family Process.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Weintraub, M.J., Gurak, K., Maura, J., Martinez de Andino, A., & Brown, C.A. (in press). Free will perceptions, religious coping , quality of life and other mental health indicators in caregivers of patients with dementia. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging.

Gurak, K.K., & Weisman de Mamani, A.G. (2016). Risk and protective factors, perceptions of family environment, ethnicity, and Schizophrenia symptoms. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 8, 570-577.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Gurak, K., Maura, J., Martinez de Andino, A., Weintraub, M.J., & Mejia, M. (2016). Free will perceptions and psychiatric symptoms in patients with Schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 23, 156-162.

Weisman de Mamani, A., & Suro, G. (2016). The effect of a culturally-informed therapy on self-conscious emotions and burden in caregivers of patients with Schizophrenia. A randomized clinical trial. Psychotherapy, 53, 57-67.

Gurak, K.., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2015). Caregiver expressed emotion and psychiatric symptoms in African-Americans with schizophrenia: An attempt to understand the paradoxical relationship. Family Process, 54, 1-11.

Weintraub, M.J., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2015). The effects of sub-clinical psychosis and cognitive insight on psychological well-being: a structural equation model. Psychiatry Research, 226, 149-155.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Weintraub, M.J., Gurak, K., & Maura, J. (2014). A randomized clinical trial to test the efficacy of a family-focused, culturally-informed therapy for Schizophrenia. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 800-810.

Tabak, N., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2014). Religion’s effect on mental health in Schizophrenia: Examining the roles of meaning-making and seeking social support. Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses, 8, 91-100.

Tauler, C., Weisman de Mamani, A., & Gurak, K. (2014). The effects of a diagnostic label and symptom types on controllability attributions and perceptions of dangerousness towards people with Schizophrenia: An analog study. International Journal of Psychology Research, 8, 227-241.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Gurak, K., & Suro, G. (2014). Serious Mental Illness. American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Multicultural Psychology, Vol. 2: Applications and training.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Weintraub, M., Tauler, C. Gurak, K., Maura, J., Mejia, M., & Sapp, S. (2014). Religion and free will perceptions in patients with dementia and their caregivers: A review of the literature. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 26, 201-214.

Suro, G., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2013). Burden, interdependence, ethnicity, and mental health in caregivers of patients with schizophrenia. Family Process, 52, 299-311.

Wasserman, S., Weisman de Mamani, A., & Suro, G. (2013). Nonreligious coping and religious coping as predictors of expressed emotion in relatives of patients with schizophrenia. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 16, 16-30.

Garcia, C., Sacks, S., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2012). Neurocognition and cognitive biases in patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 200, 724-727.

Sacks, S., Weisman de Mamani, A., & Garcia, C. (2012). Associations between cognitive biases and domains of schizotypy in a non-clinical sample. Psychiatry Research, 196, 115-122.

Wasserman, S., Weisman de Mamani, A., & Suro, G. (2012). Shame and guilt/self-blame as predictors of expressed emotion in family members of patients with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 196, 27-31.

Koneru, V., Weisman de Mamani, A., Wasserman, S., Duarte, E., & Dunham, R. (2012). “Aculturación y la salud mental en los pacientes con esquizofrenia y sus familiares.” In M. Valencia (ed) Alternativas terapéuticas para la esquizofrenia. . [Invited chapter]. Herder Editorial.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Wasserman, S., Duarte, E., Koneru, V., & Dunham, R. (2012). Un tratamiento familiar para esquizofrenia basado en la información cultural. In M. Valencia (ed) Alternativas terapéuticas para la esquizofrenia. [Invited chapter]. Herder Editorial.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Mejia, M., Gurak, K., & Sapp, S. (2011). Free will perceptions and religion in patients with Schizophrenia and their caregivers. Psychiatry Research Journal, 2, 37-51.

Carlson, R., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2010). Client characteristics and therapist competence and adherence to family therapy for schizophrenia. Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 44, 203-212.

Wasserman, S., Weisman de Mamani, A., & Mundy, P. (2010). Parents’ criticisms and attributions about their adult children with high functioning autism or schizophrenia. Autism, 14, 127-137.

Weisman de Mamani, A. (2010). Self-conscious emotions, general emotional distress, and expressed emotion in family members of patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198, 305-308.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Tuchman, N., & Duarte, E. (2010). Incorporating religion/spirituality into treatment for serious mental illness. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 17, 348-357.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Wasserman, S., Duarte, E., Koneru, V., & Llerena, K. (2010). An examination of subtypes of spirituality and their associations with family cohesion in U.S. college students. Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 44, 47-55.

Aldebot, S., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2009). Denial and acceptance coping styles and medication adherence in schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 197, 580-584.

Friedman-Yakoobian, M., Weisman de Mamani, A., & Meuser, K. (2009). Predictors of distress and hope in relatives of individuals with schizophrenia. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 46, 130-140.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Dunham, R., Aldebot, A., Tuchman, N., & Wasserman, S. (2009). Family-focused psychoeducational programs for minorities with serious mental illness. In S. Loue & M. Sajatovic (Eds.) Determinants of Minority Mental Health and Wellness (255-272). New York. Springer.

Duarte, E., Weisman de Mamani, A., Rosales, G., & Kymalainen, J. (2008). Educational attainment as a predictor of attributions and expressed emotion in a tri-ethnic sample of relatives of patients with schizophrenia. Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 42, 161-170.

Kymalainen, J., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2008). Expressed emotion, communication deviance and culture in families of patients with schizophrenia: A review of the literature. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14, 85-91.

Koneru, V., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2007). Acculturation and expressed emotion in White, Latino, and Black relatives of patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 195, 934-938.

Koneru, V.K., Weisman de Mamani, A.G., Flynn, P., & Betancourt, H. (2007) Acculturation and mental health: Current findings and recommendations for future research. Applied and Preventive Psychology, 12, 76-96.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Rosales, G., & Navarro, M. (2007). Personal efficacy, attitudes towards immigrants, and voting behavior among Latino and White university students. Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 41, 341-348.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Kymalainen, J., Rosales, G., & Armesto, J. (2007). Expressed emotion and interdependence in White and Latino/Hispanic family members of patients with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 151, 107-113.

Koneru, V., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2006). Acculturation, ethnicity, and symptoms of schizophrenia. Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 40, 257-264.

Kymalainen, J., Weisman, A., Rosales, G., & Armesto, J. (2006). Ethnicity, expressed emotion, and communication deviance in family members of patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194, 391-396.

Weisman, A.G., Duarte, E., Koneru, V., & Wasserman, S. (2006). The development of a culturally informed, family focused, intervention for schizophrenia. Family Process, 45, 171-186. [invited paper].

Weisman, A. G., Rosales, G., Kymalainen, J., & Armesto, J. (2006). Ethnicity, expressed emotion, and schizophrenia patients’ perceptions of their family members’ criticism. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194, 644-649.

Weisman, A. (2005). Integrating culturally-based approaches with existing interventions for Hispanic/Latino families coping with schizophrenia. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 42, 178-197.

Weisman, A. G., Feldman, G., Gruman, C., Rosenberg, R., Chamorro, R., & Belozersky, I. (2005). Improving mental health services for Latino and Asian immigrant elders. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 36, 1-7.

Weisman, A. G., Rosales, G., Kymalainen, J., & Armesto, J. (2005). Ethnicity, family cohesion, religiosity and general emotional distress in patients with schizophrenia andtheir relatives. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 193, 359-368.

Kymalainen, J., & Weisman, A. (2004). Reactions towards mental, physical and substance abuse disorders. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 1883-1899.

Lopez, S. R., & Weisman, A. (2004). Integrating a cultural perspective in psychological test development. In R. Velasquez, L. Arellano, & B. McNeill (Eds.), Handbook of Chicano/a Psychology and Mental Health (129-151). New Jersey. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Weisman, A. G., Gomes, L., & López, S. R. (2003). Shifting blame away from ill relatives: Latino families’ reactions to schizophrenia. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 191, 574-581.

Tompson, M. C., & Weisman, A. (2002). Understanding patients' perceptions of their relatives' expressed emotion. In New Family Interventions and Associated Research in Psychosis, (pp. 77-90). New York. Springer.

Weisman, A. G., Tompson, M. C., Okazaki, S., Gregory, J., Goldstein, M. J., Rea, M. M., & Miklowitz, D. J. (2002). Clinicians’ fidelity to a manual-based family treatment as a predictor of the one year course of bipolar disorder. Family Process, 41, 123-131. *** featured in the Clinician’s Research Digest: Briefings in Behavioral Science, October 2002.

Armesto, J., & Weisman, A. G. (2001). Attributions and emotional reactions to the identity disclosure (“coming out”) of a homosexual child. Family Process, 40, 145-161.

Weisman, A. G. (2000). Religion: A mediator of Anglo-American and Mexican attributional differences towards symptoms of schizophrenia? The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease,188, 616-621.

Tompson, M. C., Rea, M. M., Goldstein, M. J., Miklowitz, D. J., & Weisman, A. G. (2000). Difficulty in implementing a family intervention for bipolar disorder: The predictive role of patient and family attributes. Family Process, 39, 105-120.

Weisman, A. G., Nuechterlein, K. H., Goldstein, M. J., & Snyder, K. (2000). Controllability perceptions and reactions to symptoms of schizophrenia: A within family comparison of high-EE and low-EE relatives. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 109, 167-171.

Weisman, A. G., López, S. R., Ventura, J., Nuechterlein, K. H., Goldstein, M. J., & Hwang, S. (2000). A comparison of psychiatric symptoms between Anglo-Americans and Mexican-Americans with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 26, 817-824.

Weisman, A., Nuechterlein, K. H., Goldstein, M. J., & Snyder, K. (1998). Expressed emotion, attributions, and schizophrenia symptom dimensions. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 107, 355-359. ***Featured in the Clinician’s Research Digest: Briefings in Behavioral Science. August 1998.

Weisman, A. G., Okazaki, S., Gregory, J., Goldstein, M. J., Tompson, M. C., Rea, M. M., & Miklowitz, D. J. (1998). Evaluation of therapist competence and adherence to behavioral family management with bipolar patients. Family Process, 37, 107-121.

Weisman, A. G., & López, S. R. (1997). An attributional analysis of emotional reactions to schizophrenia in Mexican and Anglo cultures. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 27, 224-245.

Weisman, A. G. (1997). Understanding cross-cultural prognostic variability for schizophrenia. Cultural Diversity and Mental Health, 3, 2-13.

Weisman, A. G., & López, S. R. (1996). Family values, religiosity, and emotional reactions to schizophrenia in Mexican and Anglo-American Cultures. Family Process, 35, 227-237.

Weisman, A. G., López, S. R., Karno, M., & Jenkins, J. (1993). An attributional analysis of expressed emotion in Mexican-American families with schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 102, 601-606.

Teaching

At the undergraduate level, I regularly teach social psychology and a seminar entitled, “Culture, Values, Religion, and Serious Mental Illness.”

At the graduate level, I regularly teach a course entitled, “Diversity Issues in Psychology” and I conduct practicum supervision for graduate students doing clinical work.

Prospective graduate students

I am always seeking out enthusiastic graduate students with a strong research interest in serious mental illness (primarily schizophrenia). Much of our research is conducted in Spanish, so applications from fluent Spanish speakers are especially welcome! I hope to accept one student in the fall.