Dr Deanne Bell
Dr Deanne Bell is a BPS Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the Higher Education academy. She has experience working in varied clinical, private and community settings internationally.
Deanne has worked in a variety of clinical settings and with communities on aspects of collective trauma and witnessing. Her participatory research focuses on the effects of coloniality on social relations. She continues to interrogate how middle class bystanders to others’ suffering remain indifferent through denied racism and classism. She is also exploring how communities experience state violence and the possibilities they see for transforming social injustice.
Ultimately, Deanne is concerned with the liberation of being. This has led to her engagement in social transformation practices which include using critical pedagogical strategies in the classroom and forms of participatory action research with communities. She is working on a reggae opera as a piece of socially conscious art that could potentially catalyze social consciousness about bystanding and indifference. She is also a co-producer/director of a documentary titled Four Days in May and a multimedia arts installation titled Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston - two platforms for inner city community members to tell their stories about a human rights atrocity in Kingston, Jamaica in 2010. She is a founding member of Jamaicans for Justice and, while in America, was a member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility.
As a critical community psychologist Deanne engages in participatory research in order to advance understandings of the suffering people experience as a result of social inequalities. She seeks to contribute to social policy development that facilitates social justice.
Deanne’s research Interests include:
Colonially produced subjectivity
An Open Letter to Bob Marley: Time to Create Reggae Dialogues. Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.
Bell, D.. 2016. 107-110.
Bell, D. 2013. Journal for Social Action in Counselling and Psychology Vol 5(1). 122-125.
'Community Psychology's Gaze' in Seedat, Mohamed and Suffla, Shahnaaz and Christie, Daniel J (eds.)
Bell, D.. 2017. Peace Psychology Book Series. 119-132.
Retrieving Psychosocial Signs of Structural Violence in Postcolonial Jamaica. Community Psychology in Global Perspective. Vol 1(2)
Bell, D.. 2016. 126-144.
'Social Justice, Diversity and Leadership' in European Journal of Counselling Psychology
Tribe, Rachel and Bell, Deanne. 2017. Press. 6(1).
'Transnational Perspectives on Black Subjectivity' in South African Journal of Psychology
Stevens, Garth and Bell, Deanne and Sonn, Christopher C. and Canham, Hugo and Clennon, Ornette. 2017. Press.
Collective trauma research - Tivoli Stories. Antioch College Faculty Fund, University of Pennsylvania and Penn Museum. US$44,000. 2014 – 2016.Great Lakes Colleges Association Teagle Foundation funded Consortial Center for Teaching and Learning Campus Liaison Grant. US$3,000. 2016.
Great Lakes Colleges Association Expanding Collaboration Initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Environmental Dashboard Implementation in Multiple GLCA Colleges to Foster Collaboration across Campuses grant. US$1,800. 2015.
PAC 45 Foundation, Manchester, UK. Consultation on collective trauma. July, 2016.
MSc in Clinical and Community Psychology
BSc in Clinical and Community Psychology