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.

Amy Weisman de Mamani Lab
Ana Martinez de Andino, Olivia Altamirano, Amy Weisman de Mamani, Kayla Gurak, Jessica Maura

I am particularly interested in free will perceptions, attributions of control, religious beliefs and values, and other sociocultural 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 (in both single family and group format) and in decreasing shame, guilt, and psychological burden in schizophrenia caregivers.

I currently have a 3-year Pilot grant funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Through this project, I have combined forces with Reverend Laurie Hafner, Senior Pastor at Coral Gables United Congressional Church of Christ (UCC). This grant will allow us examine whether systematically integrating religious components early on in treatment alongside already established cognitive-behavioral approaches, and offering some of the groups in a religious intuition, will make treatment more relevant and appealing to religious individuals. We expect that this will improve efficacy and satisfaction with treatment and increase therapy retention.

Templeton Research Team
Templeton Research Team with collaborators Gail Ironson (front row left) and Reverend Laurie Hafner (front row right)

I am also working on a project aimed at examining how psychopathology manifests in Hispanic, fully bilingual (English-Spanish) speakers with schizophrenia. Some of my recent work using a between subjects design indicates that patients with schizophrenia appear to endorse more psychotic symptoms when assessed in their mother tongue. I hypothesize that the effortful control involved in speaking a second language may serve to focus an individual, putting him/her in closer contact with reality; however, no research to date has tested this hypothesis empirically. I am currently completing data collection on a project aimed at extending our earlier findings. Specifically, we expect to replicate our findings of greater psychopathology in the mother tongue using a more rigorous, within subjects, counterbalanced, design of participants who are fully proficient in both English and Spanish. Data from this study will also allow us to directly examine whether the pattern of greater psychopathology in the mother tongue is mediated by the greater effortful control required when speaking in a later acquired language (actually placing patients momentarily at least, in greater contact with reality).

Selected Publications

*Brown, C. A., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2018). The mediating effect of family cohesion in reducing patient symptoms and family distress in a culturally informed family therapy for schizophrenia: A parallel- process latent-growth model. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 86, 1-14. DOI: 10.1037/ccp0000257

*Maura, J., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2018). The feasibility of a culturally informed group therapy for patients with schizophrenia and their family members. Psychotherapy, 55, 27-38. DOI: 10.1037/pst0000109

Weisman de Mamani, A., Weintraub, M. J., Maura, J., Martinez de Andino, A., & Brown, C. (2018). The interplay among mindfulness, caregiver burden, and mental health in family members of individuals with dementia. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 49(2), 116-123.

*Brown, C A.., & Weisman de Mamani, A., (2017). A comparison of psychiatric symptom severity in individuals assessed in their mother tongue versus an acquired language: A two-sample study of individuals with schizophrenia and a normative population. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48, 1-10. DOI: 10.1037/pro0000125

*Gurak, K., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2017). Caregiver Expressed Emotion and Psychiatric Symptoms in African-Americans with Schizophrenia: An Attempt to Understand the Paradoxical Relationship. Family Process 56(2), 476-486 DOI: 10.1111/famp.12188

*Gurak, K. K., Weisman de Mamani, A., & Ironson, G. (2017). Does Religiosity Predict Attrition from a Culturally-Informed Family Treatment for Schizophrenia that Targets Religious Coping? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 85(10), 937-949. DOI: 10.1037/ccp0000234

*Maura, J., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2017). Mental Health Disparities, Treatment Engagement, and Attrition Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities with Severe Mental Illness: A Review. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 24, 187-210. DOI: 10.1007/s10880-017-9510-2

*Maura, J., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2017). Culturally adapted psychosocial interventions for schizophrenia: A Review. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 24, 445-458. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2017.01.004

*Weintraub, M., Hall, D., Carbonella, J. Y., Weisman de Mamani, A., & Hooley, J. (2017). Integrity of literature on expressed emotion and relapse in patients with schizophrenia verified by a p-Curve analysis. Family Process, 56 (2), 436-444. Doi:10.1111/famp.12208

Weisman de Mamani, A., Weintraub, M. J., Maura, J., Martinez de Andino, A., Brown, C., & Gurak, K. (2017). Acculturation styles and their associations with psychiatric symptoms and quality of life in ethnic minorities with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 255, 418-423. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2017.06.074

Weisman de Mamani, A., Weintraub, M. J., Maura, J., Martinez de Andino, A., & Brown, C. (2017). Stigma, Expressed emotion, and quality of life in caregivers of individuals with dementia. Family Process. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12325

Weisman de Mamani, A., Weintraub, M., Gurak, K., Maura, J., Martinez de Andino, A., & Brown, C. (2017). Free will perceptions, religious coping, and other mental health outcomes in caregivers of individuals with dementia. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 29 (4) 226-247. DOI: 10.1080/15528030.2016.1193096

*Gurak, K.K., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2016). Risk and protective factors, perceptions of family environment, ethnicity, and schizophrenia symptoms. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204(8) 570-577. DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000558

Weisman de Mamani, A., Gurak, K., Maura, J., Martinez de Andino, A., Weintraub, M. & Mejia, M. G. (2016). Free will perceptions and psychiatric symptoms in patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 23, 156-162. DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12293

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. DOI: 10.1037/pst0000038

*Weintraub, M. & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2015). Effects of sub-clinical psychosis and cognitive insight on psychological well-being: a structural equation model. Psychiatry Research, 226, 149-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.12.039

*Weintraub, M. & Weisman de Mamani, A., Tawfik, S. (2015). The interplay among locus of control, sub-clinical psychotic symptoms and psychological well-being in whites and ethnic minorities. Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 49, 413-424.

Weisman de Mamani, A., Weintraub, M., 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. DOI: 10.1037/fam0000021

*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. DOI: 10.3371/CSRP.TUWE.021513

*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., Weintraub, M., Tauler, C., Gurak, K., Maura, J., Mejia, M., & Sapp, S. (2014). Religion and free will perceptions as coping mechanisms in caregivers of individuals with dementia: A review of the literature. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 26, 201-214. DOI10.1080/15528030.2013.829017

*Suro, G., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2013). Burden, interdependence, ethnicity, and mental health in caregivers of patients with schizophrenia. Family Process, 52, 299-311. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12002

*Tabak, N. T., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2013). Latent profile analysis of healthy schizotypy within the extended psychosis phenotype. Psychiatry Research, 210, 1008-1013. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.08.006

Weisman de Mamani, A. & Caldas, T. (2013). A comparison of positive and negative symptom types in Anglo, Latino and African-American patients with schizophrenia. Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 3, 407-412.

Weisman de Mamani, A., & Wasserman Askari, S. (2013). Expressed emotion and quality of parental relationships as predictors of emotional well-being in college students. International Journal of Psychology Research, 8, 75-84.

*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. DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2011.642347

*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. DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3182614264

*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. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2011.09.019

*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. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2011.08.009

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, 342-351.

*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. DOI: 10.1177/1362361309354757

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. DOI10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181d612d4

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 DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2009.05.003

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. DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181b05fbe

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

*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. DOI: 10.1037/1099-9809.14.2.85

*Koneru, V., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2007). Acculturation and expressed emotion in Caucasian, Latino, and Black relatives of patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 195, 934-938. DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181594821

*Koneru, V. K., Weisman de Mamani, A.., Flynn, P., & Betancourt, H. (2007). Acculturation and mental health: Current findings and recommendations for future research. Applied and Preventive Psychology, 12, 76-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.appsy.2007.07.016

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. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2006.11.007

*Koneru, V., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2006). Acculturation, ethnicity, and symptoms of schizophrenia. Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 40, 355-362.

*Kymalainen, J. A., Weisman, A. G., Rosales, G. A., & Armesto, J. C. (2006). Ethnicity, expressed emotion, and communication deviance in family members of patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194, 391-396. DOI: 10.1097/01.nmd.0000221171.42027.5a

Weisman, A. G., Duarte, E., Koneru, V., & Wasserman, S. (2006). The development of a culturally informed, family focused, treatment for schizophrenia. Family Process, 45, 171-186. [invited paper]. DOI: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2006.00089.x

Weisman, A. G., Rosales, G. A., Kymalainen, J. A., & Armesto, J. C. (2006). Ethnicity, expressed emotion, and schizophrenia patients’ perceptions of their family members’ criticism. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194, 644-649. DOI: 10.1097/01.nmd.0000235504.39284.f1

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. DOI: 10.1037/0033-3204.42.2.178

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, 642-648. DOI: 10.1037/0735-7028.36.6.642

Weisman, A. G., Rosales, G., Kymalainen, J., & Armesto, J. (2005). Ethnicity, family cohesion, religiosity and general emotional distress in patients with schizophrenia and their relatives. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 193, 359-368. DOI: 10.1097/01.nmd.0000165087.20440.d1

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

Weisman, A. G., Gomes, L., López, S. R. (2003). Shifting blame away from ill relatives: Latino families’ reactions to schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 191, 574-581. DOI: 10.1097/01.nmd.0000087183.90174.a8

Weisman, A. G., Tompson, M. C., Okazaki, S., Gregory, J., Goldstein, M. J., Rea, 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. DOI: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2002.40102000123.x
*** featured in the Clinician’s Research Digest: Briefings in Behavioral Science, October 2002.

*Armesto, J. C., & Weisman, A. G. (2001). Attributions and emotional reactions to the identity disclosure (“coming out”) of a homosexual child. Family Process, 40, 145-161. DOI: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2001.4020100145.x

Weisman, A. G. (2000). Religion: A mediator of Anglo-American and Mexican attributional differences towards symptoms of schizophrenia? 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. DOI: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2000.39110.x

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 relatives with high and low expressed emotion. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 109, 167-171. DOI: 10.1037/0021-843X.109.1.167

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. G., Nuechterlein, K. H., Goldstein, M. J., & Snyder, K. (1998). Expressed emotion, attributions, and schizophrenia symptom dimensions. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 107, 355-359. DOI: 10.1037/0021-843X.107.2.355
***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., & 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, 223-244. DOI: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1997.tb00630.x

Weisman, A. G. (1997). Understanding cross-cultural prognostic variability for schizophrenia. Cultural Diversity and Mental Health, 3, 23-35. DOI: 10.1037/1099-9809.3.1.23

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. DOI: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.1996.00227.x

Weisman, A. G., López, S. R., Karno, M., & Jenkins, J. H. (1993). An attributional analysis of expressed emotion in Mexican-American families with schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 102, 601-606. DOI: 10.1037/0021-843X.102.4.601

Chapters and non-refereed publications

*Suro. G. & Weisman de Mamani, A. (2016). Invited article for APA division 29 website. Ethnic/Racial Differences in the Experience of Shame Related to Caring for a Patient with Schizophrenia.

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.

*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. (2012). Free Will Perceptions and Religion in Patients with Schizophrenia and their Caregivers. In P. Bellamy & G. Montetit (eds). Religion: Beliefs, Theories and Societal Effects (Eds). New York. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. [cross listed in Psychiatry Research Journal].

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.

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.

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

Other works accepted for publication

*Gurak, K., Maura, J., Weisman de Mamani, A., Martinez de Andino, A., & Rosenfarb, I. (In press). Racial and ethnic diagnostic patterns in schizophrenia spectrum disorders In Craig Frisby and William O'Donohue (Eds.), Culture Competence in Applied Psychology: Theory, Research, Practice, and Evaluation" Springer. [Invited].

*Martinez de Andino, A., Brown, C.A., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (in press). El efecto de una terapia familiar para esquizofrenia basada en la información cultural respecto a la remisión sintomática en los pacientes y manejo del estrés en sus familiares. Invited Spanish language chapter for a forthcoming book on symptomatic remission and recovery in depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Marcelo Valencia, Ed. [Invited].

*Martinez de Andino, A., Brown, C., & Weisman de Mamani, A. (in press), Similaridades del terapeuta y paciente en factores socioculturales como predictores de la eficacia en una terapia para esquizofrenia informada por la cultura. Invited Spanish language chapter for a forthcoming book on symptomatic remission and recovery in depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Marcelo Valencia, Ed. [Invited].

Teaching

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.

A collaborative spirit and fun personality are also major assets (as we will spend a lot of time together)!

Amy Weisman de Mamani Lab
goofing off with my graduate students at the department’s annual (2018) Art party!