Journalist Rachel Aviv to discuss ‘Writing About Psychosis’

Rachel Aviv, an award-winning journalist and a staff writer for The New Yorker, will speak at Yale on Friday, June 27 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism. The talk, “Writing About Psychosis,” will take place at 10:15 a.m. in the Connecticut Mental Health Center auditorium, located at 34 Park St. Admission is free.

Aviv’s coverage of psychiatric disease and public mental health policy has been widely hailed for providing a critical view of the psychiatric system. She writes about the experiences of socially marginalized individuals navigating this system and the tumultuous dynamic between psychiatry and the law. She has also written about education, foster care, and homelessness.

In addition to The New Yorker, Aviv’s work has also been featured in Harper’s Magazine, New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Believer, n+1, and other publications.

In 2009, Aviv was awarded a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for mental health journalism. She won an American Psychoanalytic Association Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2012 for "This Way Madness Lies: Can Psychosis be Prevented?" which appeared in the December 2010 issue of Harper's Magazine. She was also recognized with the Erikson Institute’s Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media last year.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets, who have made significant contributions to their field.