Reuben Mikhael Castagno, Dean of Academic Affairs at Guttman Community College, has published The Psychology of Cinematic Popular Culture and Educators’ Reflective Practices (Bentham Science, 2014). This is an important and crucial work in the systematic study of educators’ cinematic reflections and explores to what extent they can be interpreted in terms of the theoretical framework of Habermas’s domains of reflection and discursive acts. The book describes important theoretical developments, data analysis, and significant findings about the importance of popular film in pedagogy. Dr. Castagno also recently co-authored a chapter in the new book, APA Handbook of Multicultural Psychology: Volume 2. Applications and Training, F.T.L. Leong, Editor-in-Chief (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014) and published his article Values (Shalom H. Schwartz)– Self-Direction in the The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014).
Dr. Castagno’s research interests concentrate in the areas of cinematic popular culture, mental health treatment and recovery, and cultural competence in the assessment and treatment of psychological trauma. Currently he is writing a chapter for the American Psychological Association Handbook of Multicultural Psychology on Clinical Tests and Assessment: Ethno-cultural and Linguistic Bias in Mental Health Evaluation of Latinos. Dr. Castagno received a Baccalaureate Degree from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a Masters and Doctoral degrees in Developmental Psychology and Cultural Studies from Columbia University.
Dr. Castagno began his career as a public school teacher and school psychologist and quickly rose to become Professor, Field Supervisor, Director, and Chair of Graduate programs in School Psychology, Special Education, Bilingual Education/Multiculturalism, and TESOL at The City University of New York, Bank Street College, Adelphi University and Touro College, Graduate Division. Under his leadership at Hunter College, CUNY, Queens College, CUNY and at Touro College, federal and state grants were written and awarded to implement and maintain graduate training programs in the areas of Bilingual Education, School Psychology, and Special Education. Dr. Castagno also serves as a research fellow at the Film and Education Research Academy (FERA), Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, he maintains a private practice as a licensed mental health professional in New York.