What’s Under the Mask?

This collection of posts features in-depth perspectives about fictional heroes, villains, and the people who love them. Articles are written by Dr. Andrea Letamendi who has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and celebrates psychological themes found in comic books, science fiction and other pop culture narratives.

Dr. Letamendi is a licensed clinical psychologist, writer, TEDx Speaker, and consultant. She provides seminars, workshops, and speaks on panels at universities, mental health agencies and pop culture events such as San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon, Nerd Nite, and Geek Week.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Pop Culture Hero Coalition. She has appeared as a guest on Al Jazeera English (The Stream), CNN Headline News (Dr. Drew On Call), and Geek & Sundry’s Omnibus, and was a commentator on the documentary film Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics.

Dr. Letamendi’s career has been profiled by The Atlantic and The American Psychological Association’s flagship magazine,  The Monitor.  She has been interviewed by The New York Academy of Sciences, The Huffington Post, CNN.com, BBC News, Psychology Today, UCLA Magazine, Marvel, Mashable, The Associated Press, PhD Comics, and Wired.com. Additionally, Dr. Letamendi has written articles for Comics Alliance and has been a guest columnist for The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, Birth. Movies. Death Magazine, and Playboy.com. Her childhood dream came true when DC Comics made her Batgirl’s psychologist in one of their published stories. Read more about her work on her online resume and check out her speaking schedule for her upcoming appearances!

Dr. Letamendi accepts requests for consultations related to psychology in the popular arts. Follow, ask a question, or interact on Twitter. You can also send Andrea a message.