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What's the Matter with Batman?

Batman dresses in costume, spends a good part of his wealth to support the lifestyle of his bat-alter ego, and puts his life on the line nightly. There must be something wrong with him, right? This question is that heart of "What's the Matter With Batman?" Clinical psychologist and Abnormal Psychology author Robin Rosenberg reads from her book and delves into the mind of Batman. She examines his problems, "issues," and possible symptoms to determine whether he suffers from any of a variety of psychiatric disorders such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and others. Dr. Rosenberg writes college-level psychology textbooks and writes extensively about psychology and superheroes, and has been featured discussing psychology and superheroes in various media including The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, the Financial Times, NPR, Pacific Standard magazine, the Boston Phoenix and the documentary "Superheroes."


Robin Rosenberg Clinical Psychologist Robin S Rosenberg PhD

Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Rosenberg enjoys using stories of superheroes and other popular culture figures to illustrate psychological principles. She is series editor of the Superheroes series with Oxford University Press and edited the anthologies "What Is a Superhero?", "Our Superheroes Ourselves," "The Psychology of Superheroes" and "The Psychology of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." She is author of "Superhero Origins: What Makes Superheroes Tick and Why We Care," "What’s the Matter With Batman?" and is also a blogger for Huffington Post and Psychology Today. She has been featured in the Financial Times, Pacific Standard magazine, NPR, The New York Times, The Boston Phoenix, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Newsarama. Dr. Rosenberg is also co-author of the psychology textbooks "Introducing Psychology" and "Abnormal Psychology."

Dr. Rosenberg received her B.A. in psychology from New York University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is President of the Santa Clara County Psychological Association.