Harris Cooksey was elected by our members to serve on CAFETY's Board of Director's during the 2012-2014 leadership term.
During adolesence, Harris was involuntarily sent to, and eventually released from, several “troubled teen” programs including Montana Academy, Second Nature, and Aspen Achievement Academy. Upon entry into the private residential treatment system, he had a formal diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and ADHD, and he also suffers from chronic kidney disease requiring daily management. He was once described by a National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) affiliated psychiatrist as "an obnoxious young man, who provokes anger in all who spend time with him, particularly if they have any authority."
He interests include radical (dis)ability (anti-)politics, queer/crip anti-assimilationism, neurodiversity, critiques of psychiatry, history of madness, radical mental health, critical anti-racism, prison abolition, and contemporary psychoanalysis. He received his BA in Philosophy and History from Wesleyan University and is expected to receive his JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 2013.