American University of Central Asia - AUCA - ELENA  MOLCHANOVA

Academic Background:


1985 – 1991

General physician, Kyrgyz State Medical Academy, diploma with honor (State scholarship)

1991- 1993

Residency at the Department of Psychiatry, Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy at Kyrgyz State Medical Academy (under the supervision of Prof. Valery Solojenkin). Degree obtained – psychiatrist and psychotherapist (MD)


Postgraduate Training, Kyrgyz-Russian (Slavonic) University. Dissertation title: “Alexithymia in formation of somatoform disorders. Psychotherapeutic correction of alexithymia.” Degree obtained: Scientific Degree in Psychiatry (equivalent of PhD for Post-Soviet States)


Memberships in Professional Associations:

Chair of Scientific Advisory Board of VIRTIS (Veteran, Immigrant, and Refugee Institute of Sacramento):

Kyrgyz Association of Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists & Psychiatrists:

American Psychological Association:

World Psychiatric Association:

World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH):


Editorial Boards of Academic Journals:

Medical Psychology in Russia:

Medical Anthropology and Bioethics:

Historical Psychology and Sociology of History (since August 2012):


Current research interests:


Anthropological and transcultural psychology and psychiatry


On-going research projects:


2010 – present:

Policies in mental health services, epidemiology of stress disorders and process of interethnic communication in Southern region of Kyrgyz Republic.

2007 – present:

Cognitive models of a “norm” and a “disorder” in Kyrgyz traditional culture, influence on treatment and prognosis of mental disorders



Completed research projects:


2007 - 2010:

(in collaboration with "Aigine" cultural and research center): Anthropological Psychology: Potential Psychotherapeutic Use of Traditional Healing and Traditional Kyrgyz Rituals;

2006 - 2008:

(in collaboration with Dr. Patric Marius Koga, UC Medical Shool): Fractal Geometry and Dynamic Chaos Theory in Modelling Schisophrenia


Cognitive models of adaptive phenomena in mental disorders


Psychotherapeutic use of adaptive phenomena in mental disorders.


Alexithymia as a psychological phenomenon: cross-cultural study.



 Selected recent publications:


Molchanova E. Indigenous concepts of PTSD in Central Asia and North Caucasus: Perception of Signs and indigenous Approaches to Treatment. In: Comprehensive Guide of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Springer. Forthcoming.
2. Molchanova E. Status of Mental Health Rehabilitation in the Kyrgyz Republic. Journal of Mental Health Rehabilitation. Springer, 2014. In press


Molchanova E., Kim E., and Galako T. Psychiatry in Kyrgyz Republic: in Between Soviet Past and Vague Future. In: Psychiatry Around the World. Rutledge, 2014. In press


Molchanova, E., Dobriakov, I. (2012). Providing Psychological Aid to Traumatised Children in    Osh. Handbook for psychologists and psychiatrists. USAID.2012, p.83


Molchanova, E. (co-athored with Nazaretyan A. and Umniashkin, A.). (2012). Evolutionary Predispositions and Environmental Provocations of Violence. Medical Psychology in Russia (chief editor - V. Urivaev). available also at:


Molchanova, E., Umnyashkin A. (2012): Rehabilitation of Political Psychiatry: Social Madness and Mental Disorders in People in Power. Historical Psychology and Sociology of History. "Uchitel". For № 5. Vol.2. (in press)


Molchanova, E., Kosterina, E., Kim, E., Horne, Sh., Latipova, K., Koga, M. Counseling in The Kyrgyz Republic: Filling the Gap between Needs and Resources. In International Book of Counseling (Hohenhill, T., ed.) (submitted to editor, in press).


Molchanova, E (2011). South – Kyrgyz Crisis: Narcissism of Small Differences and Defence Mechanism of Social Systems. Istoricheskaya Psychologiya I Sociologiya Istorii, 2/2011, pp 34-45, Moscow, “Uchitel”. Available at:


Мolchanova, E. (2010) Traditional Healing and Official Psychotherapy in Kyrgyz Republic: possibilities of communications. Academic Review of Medical Anthropology Institute, RAN (chief editor – V. Kharitonova), Moscow, Russian Academy of Sciences, pp. 145-157.


Molchanova, E. (2010). Altered states of conciseness and visual – verbal synesthesia in Manas tellers. Academic Review of Medical Anthropology Institute, RAN (chief editor – V. Kharitonova), Moscow, Russian Academy of Sciences, pp 130-136


Molchanova, E., Kim, E., Horne, S., Aitpaeva, G., Alymkulov, J., Ten, V., & Pohilko, D. (2009). Status of Counseling in Kyrgyzstan. International Handbook of Counseling. Sage Publications.


Molchanova , E., Koga, PM. (2008). Fractals in Psychiatry: The Disturbance of a “Gold Section” Between Opposite Pairs of Ego-Defense Mechanisms in Schizophrenia – the Monograph of the XIVth World Congress of Psychiatry, Prague, September 20-25, 2008


Koga, P.M.,Molchanova, E. (2008). A 3-D Fractal Model for DSM-IV in Virtual Reality -the Monograph of the XIVth World Congress of Psychiatry,Prague, September 20-25, 2008.


Molchanova E. (2008). Tradition Kyrgyz rituals and modern psychotherapy. - the 5th World Congress of Psychotherapy.Beijing, P.R. China.


Molchanova, E.,DobryakovI. (2008). Ideological Crisis in Psychiatry: Psychopathology as Adaptation and as Evolutionary Regress. Historical Psychology and Sociology of History. Vol.1 (1), pp. 158 –169,Moscow, “Uchitel”.

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Academic courses taught:

General Psychology - 1-level professional course

Cognitive Psychology - 3-level professional course

Psychological Testing - 3-level professional course

Psychopharmacology - 3-level professional course

Introduction to Psychological Counselling - 3-level professional course


American University of Central Asia
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