Aaron Neiman
Technology and Racial Equity Graduate Fellow

Aaron Neiman is a sixth-year dissertation writer in the Department of Anthropology. Aaron’s ethnographic research concerns the development of automated computer psychotherapy (“e-mental health”) in Australia, particularly self-guided cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs for "mild-to-moderate" depression and anxiety. These interventions are part of an effort to normalize discussions of mental health/illness, to encourage Aussies to check in on loved ones via digital technology and inquire, “are you okay, mate?” Given the ongoing dispossession of Aboriginal people and the abuse of refugees in offshore detention camps, Aaron asks how, and if, racial others are imagined to be part of this project of digital “mateship.”