Sarah R. Kamens, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Fordham University, where she is studying phenomenology and other qualitative research methods under Dr. Frederick Wertz. She is currently ABD at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, an interdisciplinary program with a focus on media theory. Her research interests include alternatives to the DSM-5, diagnostic theory, the phenomenological reframing of psychiatric symptoms, and the cultural specificity of Western mental health work. Before entering graduate school, she was a volunteer at the psychosocial department of the Palestine Red Crescent Society in the West Bank, where she conducted research on interventions for parents and children living under military violence. She is currently a student representative to the Society for Humanistic Psychology/Division 32 Executive Board. In addition, she is a consultant to the Division 32 DSM-5 Open Letter Committee and a co-author of the Open Letter to the DSM-5 (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dsm5/).