Scope and Content
Title: Joan I. Ablon Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1968-75
Collection number: MSS 84-17
Creator: Ablon, Joan I., 1934-
Extent: 2 cartons (46 folders)
University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections
San Francisco, California 94143-0840
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Joan I. Ablon Papers, MSS 84-17, Archives & Special
Collections, UCSF Library & CKM
Dr. Ablon was born in Dallas Texas October 21, 1934. She received her B.A. in
anthropology from the University of Texas in 1955, and an M.A. from the University of
Chicago three years later. She was an NIMH fellow, and received her PhD in anthropology,
also from Chicago, in 1963.
She was a research anthropologist in the School of Criminology at UC Berkeley from
1963-66, and worked for the New Mexico State Division of Mental Health 1966-67. In 1968
Dr. Ablon was appointed asst. professor of medical anthropology in the Dept of Psychiatry
at UCSF, with a concurrent position as Instructor in criminology in the Extension
Division, UC Berkeley, from 1965. In 1986 Dr. Ablon was appointed professor of the
Medical Anthropology Program, epidemiology and international health, and psychiatry at
UCSF. Her research interests include cultural values and mental health; family structure
in alcoholism; North American Indians; urban anthropology, urban ethnic and racial
minority groups; and action and applied anthropology, and she has published extensively
in these areas.
Dr. Ablon is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and also of the Society
of Applied Anthropology.
Scope and Content
The papers include correspondence, meeting minutes and related publications of the
Community Mental Health Training Program at LPPI, colloquia for community mental health
educators, reflecting Dr. Ablon's participation in this program. Also part of the
collections are materials on mental health programs throughout the city of San Francisco,
and outside the city.