Dr. Adrien Cascarino



After studying Management at ESSEC Business School, Adrien Cascarino participated in the experimentation and implementation of the reform of the french Minimum Social Benefits, the “Revenu de Solidarité Active”. He then decided to study psychology and became a clinical psychologist, then a doctor of psychology and now teaches at ESSEC and at the University of Paris Cité. In parallel, he carried out several missions in West Africa and started working for ATIA in 2013, first as a field project manager in the Philippines for 2 years and then as a technical support officer in India and Madagascar for 5 years. Since January 2021, he is co-director of ATIA.

Adrien joined Forward College in 2022 and has since taught Understanding Individual Differences   at Forward’s Paris campus. 

Research Interests

  • Non Suicidal Self-Injury
  • Adolescence
  • Poverty
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Grounded Theory
  • Transhumanism



  • Understanding Individual Differences

Select Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

Cascarino Adrien, « Supporter l’impuissance pour “soigner” les scarifications », Rhizome, 2022, 83, p. 78‑86.

Cascarino Adrien et Votadoro Pablo, « Le cutter contre le marteau : la scarification comme pratique subversive », Cliniques méditerranéennes, 2021, 104, p. 43‑59.

Cascarino Adrien et Sébert Anne-Laure, « Les scarifications à l’adolescence : un autre regard », Neuropsychiatrie de l’Enfance et de l’Adolescence, 2019, 67, 5, p. 251‑256.

Cascarino Adrien, « Le Body Art : un autre modèle pour penser les scarifications », Evolution Psychiatrique, 2018, 83, 1, p. 149‑160.


Peer Reviewed Book Chapters 

Cascarino Adrien, « Les discours cliniques face aux corps mutilés : une tentative de contrôle étrange et inquiétante » dans L’enfant non conforme ? A l’épreuve des normes et des classifications, Toulouse, ERES, 2021, p. 113‑130. 

Cascarino Adrien, « Le corps transhumain dans le jeu vidéo : un corps pulsionnel » dans Quand le transhumanisme interroge, Namur, Presses Universitaires de Namur, 2021, p. 31‑44.

Op Eds and Short Articles 

« Listening matters: On not treating the poor as mere “beneficiaries” », Rappler, Octobre 2015. https://www.rappler.com/moveph/108634-treating-body-forgetting-story-family-therapy-tondo/ 

Conference Presentations, Participation, and Invited Talks 

« Penser sociologiquement la souffrance », Atelier de Recherche IRIS, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, février 2022.

« Self-mutilation and countertransference: on the use of clinical discourse as a defense mechanism against the wounded body », Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, Post-Graduate Conference 2018, Center for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University, London, juin 2018.
« Developing a Culturally Sensitive Approach to Family Therapy in Poorest of the Poor Community », 11ème Biennale de l’Asian Association of Social Psychology, Aout 2015.

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