McHugh, PhD, Distinguished University Professor in
Psychology, has been invited by the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological
Association to present a two-hour workshop at the Greater Pittsburgh
Psychological Association annual conference.
The conference theme is “Creating Safe Spaces: Diversity and Inclusion in
Psychological Practice.” The conference
will be held May 19, 2017, at the Eden Hall Campus of Chatham University.
“The Wrong Prescription:
Feminist Perspectives on the Experience and Ethics of Medicalization of
Women,” presented by McHugh, will be
offered in the morning session. This
workshop is based on the book The Wrong
Prescription: How Medicine and Media Create a Need for Treatments, Drugs and
Surgeries, edited by McHugh and her colleague Joan Chrisler.
The book and
the workshop examine the aspects of women’s lives that have been targeted as
deficient to support the pharmacological industry. Challenging the marketing
and “science” that increasingly render women’s bodies and experiences as a
series of symptoms and diseases, McHugh critiques contemporary constructions of
dysfunctions (e.g., diagnoses) that are designed to make women feel
inadequate. Among the topics addressed:
body issues, weight management, sexual desire, depression, and
ethical issues discussed include conflicts of issue in the development of
diagnostic criteria, and the application of diagnostic labels to women’s bodily
More information about the conference.