William E. Hartmann

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Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan

Office: UW2-311
Email: weh3@uw.edu


BIS 270: Abnormal Psychology
BIS 312: Approaches to Social Inquiry

To facilitate an effective learning experience accessible to students of diverse backgrounds, I strive for transparency in course design, balanced attention to mastery of content and skills, a supportive and inclusive learning environment, and a passionate and responsive teaching style. Transparency encourages students to become informed and active agents of their own learning. Balanced attention to content and skills orients students to intellectual conversations and relevant bodies of knowledge while fostering skills to engage with those ideas. A supportive and inclusive learning environment helps to make the learning experience accessible to a more diverse student body. And finally, I try to accomplish these things with a passionate and responsive teaching style that helps to engage students in classroom exercises and the learning process.


My interdisciplinary research program focuses on the intersections of culture and mental health, with particular attention to how ideas of culture circulate within communities, clinics, and fields of mental health to shape understandings and responses to distress. Through research partnerships with rural and urban American Indian community and mental health organizations, I utilize various qualitative methods (interviews, focus groups, and ethnography) to explore how engagement with discourses around culture and health (e.g., cultural competence, historical trauma) inform the therapeutic landscapes available to American Indians and other cultural communities around the world.

Currently, I am working to publish completed analyses from two projects. One involving interviews with tribally employed health and human service providers and traditional healers from a Great Plains reservation. The other a mental health clinic ethnography from an urban American Indian health organization. The former aims to better understand relations between histories of colonization and contemporary hardship as influenced by increasingly popular ideas about American Indian historical trauma (see Hartmann & Gone, 2014; 2016). The latter focuses on complexities surrounding culture in the clinic, drawing out lessons from a group of particularly adept and culturally-minded therapists. Additional analyses may be conducted for both projects.

Future work will involve developing new partnerships with rural and urban American Indian-serving mental health and community organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and together identifying feasible projects of mutual interest. My strengths as a researcher lie in grappling with tensions between contemporary forms of Indigeneity and established knowledge, institutions, and practices of mental health, and as a community psychologist, I am particularly interested in collaborative projects investigating forms of hardship and resilience that fall on contested ground between clinical and social frameworks for understanding human experience. Although trained as a clinical psychologist, my work in mental health strives to build bridges across disciplines boundaries by engaging with debates from multiple social sciences (anthropology, sociology) and humanities (American Indian studies, history).

Selected Publications

Hartmann, W. E., & Gone, J. P. (2016). Psychological-mindedness & American Indian historical trauma: Interviews with service providers from a Great Plains reservation. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57, 229-242. DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12036.

Hartmann, W. E. & Gone, J. P. (2014). American Indian historical trauma: Community perspectives from two Great Plains medicine men. American Journal of Community Psychology, 54, 274-288. DOI 10.1007/s10464-014-9671-1.

Hartmann, W. E., Wendt, D. C., Saftner, M., Marcus, J., & Momper, S. (2014). Advancing Community-Based Research with Urban American Indian Populations: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, American Journal of Community Psychology, 54, 72-80. DOI 10.1007/s10464-014-9643-5

Hartmann, W.E., Kim, E.S., Kim, J.H.J., Nguyen, T.U., Wendt, D.C., Nagata, D.K., & Gone, J.P. (2013). In search of cultural diversity, revisited: Publication trends in ethnic minority and cross-cultural psychology. Review of General Psychology, 17, 243-254. DOI 10.1037/a0032260

Hartmann, W.E. & Gone, J.P. (2012). Incorporating traditional healing into an urban Indian health organization: A case study of community member perspectives. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59, 542-554. DOI 10.1037/a0029067