Technology and Your Emotional Health (BEUHS056)

Workshop | February 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Jonathan Rousell, PsyD, Employee Assistance, Be well at Work - Employee Assistance

 Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance

Over the last 25 years, we have simultaneously witnessed and participated in an unprecedented set of sociocultural changes due to the development, marketing, and expansion of technological devices, social media platforms, and software applications. These "advancements" in digital communications technology have altered the landscapes of our lives and changed the way we relate to ourselves, others, and the world. Furthermore, our dependent relationships on technological objects have accelerated mechanization of the human subject, opening up new potentialities in the quest to define what is human, while closing off previously relied upon methods for human connectivity. This talk will critically examine the history of technological development and will seek to analyze the impacts that these changes have wrought, individually and collectively. We will examine our relationships with technology and discuss current research on healthier ways of interacting with these objects in the effort to take a more intentional and informed stance in relation to technological modes of communication and behavior.

Jonathan Rousell, Psy.D., earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. His dissertation, entitled A Cross-Cultural Psychoanalytic Study of Pathological Narcissism in Japan and the United States, synthesized his undergraduate focus on Japanese language and culture with his ongoing fascination with psychodynamic theory and technique. He has presented his dissertation research and lectured at psychology conferences nationally and internationally. Dr. Rousell completed his postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF, where he specialized in providing psychological support to medical professionals. He is currently a staff psychologist at UC Berkeley’s Employee Assistance counseling center. Dr. Rousell has a private practice in San Francisco and Berkeley in which he sees individual adults and couples.

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