On Monday, March 7, 2011, Jerome Wakefield came to SUNY New Paltz as part of the Evolutionary Studies seminar series. Dr. Wakefield is an internationally-known critic of how the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines mental disorder. In place of the DSM definition, Dr. Wakefield argues that mental disorder should be defined in accordance with evolutionary theory as a harmful dysfunction in which a mental mechanism fails to perform as naturally designed.
I was invited to provide a response to Dr. Wakefield’s presentation, which I was honored to have the opportunity to do.
Video of both Dr. Wakefield’s presentation and my response are available online as part of SUNY New Paltz’s Mediasite Presentation Catalog. Your browser may prompt you to install the Mediasite Player prior to playing the video.