Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 288–306 | Cite as

Behind the Scenes of a Research and Training Collaboration: Power, Privilege, and the Hidden Transcript of Race

  • Elizabeth Carpenter-Song
  • Rob Whitley
Original Paper


This paper examines a federally funded research and training collaboration between an Ivy League psychiatric research center and a historically Black university and medical center. This collaboration focuses on issues of psychiatric recovery and rehabilitation among African Americans. In addition, this multidisciplinary collaboration aims to build the research capacity at both institutions and to contribute to the tradition of research in culture and mental health within the medical social sciences and cultural psychiatry. This article provides a window into the complex, often messy, dynamics of a collaboration that cross cuts institutional, disciplinary, and demographic boundaries. Taking an auto-ethnographic approach, we intend to illustrate how collaborative relationships unfold and are constructed through ongoing reciprocal flows of knowledge and experience. Central to this aim is a consideration of how issues of power, privilege, and the hidden transcript of race shape the nature of our research and training efforts.


Collaboration Multidisciplinary research Psychiatry Race 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at DartmouthDartmouth Psychiatric Research CenterLebanonUSA
  2. 2.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at DartmouthDartmouth Psychiatric Research CenterLebanonUSA

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