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About Keen Aesthete

About Keen Aesthete

So what’s our story?

As with many other founding stories, it started as a conversation between two friends who shared a strong interest in the role of technology in society.  It just so happened they were also clinical psychology graduate students.  Over time, they had more conversations—in person, online, while procrastinating from finals deadlines—and invited other conversation partners along the way, and they realized that they had a lot of things to say about psychology, clinical practice, and professional life, plus a healthy enough hubris to wonder if others might care about their thoughts.

Our goal is to be a comprehensive platform by clinicians for clinicians.  Starting with this blog, we want to develop settings where clinicians can talk about any topic related to the clinician lifestyle and how it relates to our larger lives.  And we mean anything—from the intersection of clinical practice and technology to analyzing the attachment styles of Batman and Spiderman!

About our name?  We feel it best describes our professional aspiration—to be KEEN producers and consumers of clinical science balanced with the AESTHETICS of clinical practice.  Perhaps we’re aiming too high, and we can’t promise that everything we post will revolutionize the world.  But at the very least, we hope you will find us to be good company on the journey to becoming future keen aesthetes together.

Authors

Neil Andrew Cortez, Psy.D.
I enjoy reading up on and writing about psychoanalytic theory and practice, business and marketing, and clinical applications of technology. I am a clinical psychology graduate from an American Psychological Association-accredited program, with a certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from an International Psychoanalytical Association-affiliated institute. Presently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at a low-fee psychoanalytic clinic in West Los Angeles. I fancy myself a funny writer, and enjoy listening to jazz, reading comics, and leveling up my MMORPG characters. To contact the author, please send an email to neil@keenaesthete.com.

Albert Hua, Ph.D.
I have learned that deepening the meaning of all that we do is a big part of all that we do. Although I have a background and work experience in engineering and technology, my doctoral degree in clinical psychology has prompted me to search for meaning beyond the logical and technical…finding the intersection between technical skill and the artistry of psychotherapy . I was recently a postdoctoral psychology resident at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and am now pursuing the psychologist licensure in California. I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Master’s of Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. My clinical interests include integrating and understanding the impact of technology on psychology; modern psychoanalytic therapy; and working with high functioning adults to realize unrealized higher potentials in their lives. My personal interests include being passionate about all aspects of life, including seeking out new experiences with my wife and kids, pushing my body to its physical limits through cycling and running, following the trends of the tech industry and understanding their implications on life, learning how to improve life through organization and productivity hacks and using my hands to make and fix things around the home. To contact this author, please send an email to albert@keenaesthete.com.

Justin Westbrook, Ph.D.
I enjoy narratives of all kinds, particularly those from popular culture, and how they intersect with psychology and theology. Perhaps even more than the narratives themselves, I love deep, enriching conversations about them that involve entering into other people’s perspectives of them. I earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s of Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. I currently work for a community mental health clinic in Oregon and am an adjunct professor at a local psychology graduate program. Clinically, I am especially fond of working with children, adolescents, and their families, and I am strongly interested in positive psychology and narrative therapy. Personally, I adore connecting with others over good food and good conversations, sharing in people’s passions, and giving to others out of the blessings that I have received. To contact this author, please send an email to justin@keenaesthete.com.