Dr. Mindy Fullilove, MD delivered the commencement address at the Weitzman School of design at the University of Pennsylvania. She opened by saying: “As a psychiatrist, I am keenly aware of the preciousness of these liminal moments—we hover in-between, at the threshold. We are neither here nor there, we linger, happy and afraid, longing for both sides.” Of course she couldn’t have imagined how reflective that statement would be of the moment we are now living in. We are in a long liminal moment now, a deep pause that as Austrian composer Artur Schnabel said ”In the pauses between the notes ah, that is where the art resides.”
Mindy describes herself as an urban psychiatrist focussed on displacement, urban mental health and collective consciousness issues. If the rest of the world is anything like what we’re experiencing in Philadelphia, Mindy has her work cut out for her right now. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and her Masters and medical degrees from Columbia University. She completed residency at NY Hospital Westchester Division and Montefiore and is board certified in psychiatry. And, she has a certificate in Landscape Design, New York Botanical Garden.
With her colleagues at the Cities Research Group and the University of Orange, Mindy explores the consequences of social fracture for our society and our health and seeks ways to reconnect the broken parts. Prior to joining the New School full-time in 2016, Mindy taught at Columbia University and was a lecturer at Parsons.
An honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, Mindy’s most recent book, published last week! is Main Street: How a City's Heart Connects Us All, the culmination of 11 years traversing 178 cities in 14 countries asking, How do Main Streets contribute to our mental health? Mindy has five additional books to her name including Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and what we can do about it, and Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities, plus numerous articles.