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Psychology and Psychiatry

Caryn Surkes, 1956 - 2011

Caryn Surkes lived a truly full and selfless life, forming strong therapeutic and interpersonal relationships. She worked diligently to provide those with disabilities recreational and exercise opportunities, stressing the physical and psychiatric health benefits of those activities.

After graduating with her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA, she began her career at Beaverbrook STEP in Newton, MA, where she supported the lives of men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Women who frame our world

Who are the women who frame our world? A small gathering of about 100 women met in San Francisco last week to hear from an array of leaders in the creative arts.

Frances Feldman, 1912 - 2008

Frances Lomas Feldman was born in Philadelphia on December 3, 1912 to Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. The youngest of six children, she moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was eight years old, and remained a lifelong Angelino.

Carolyn Goodman, 1915 - 2007

Carolyn Goodman died on August 17th, 2007 at the age of 91 after an extraordinary life during which she made significant contributions to the field of psychology; spoke out and organized for civil rights and broader social change; supported young leaders across the United States who fought for social change and became an icon for many who had known her in the various parts of her life.

Sages and sex therapists - Dr. Ruth's "Heavenly Sex"

Last Thursday I went to see pioneering sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer talk about her book Heavenly Sex: Sexuality in the Jewish Tradition at Temple Israel in Boston, a program by the New Center for Arts and Culture. This was my first time seeing the legendary Dr. Ruth in person, and as predicted, I was in awe of this teeny-tiny bubbe and her stylish glasses.  I was excited to be there with my friends from the Jewish Women's Archive, community partner of the NCAC for this event.

Dr. Joyce Brothers wins $64,000 for boxing expertise

October 27, 1957

Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers put her boxing trivia to the test and came away with $64,000.

Carol Gilligan publishes "In a Different Voice"

May 24, 1982

Psychologist Carol Gilligan published "In a Different Voice," the first book to argue that women's psychological development could not be understood by studying men.

Helene Deutsch publishes first volume of "The Psychology of Women"

April 27, 1944

Psychoanalyst Helene Deutsch published the first of two volumes of "The Psychology of Women."

Hilde Bruch publishes "The Importance of Overweight"

March 4, 1957

Leading childhood obesity and anorexia researcher Hilde Bruch published "The Importance of Overweight."

Maida Herman Solomon

Professor of social economy at Simmons College School of Social Work, Maida Solomon was recognized as a pioneer in the field, along with a very small group of social work professionals who “invented” the field of psychiatric social work and oversaw its definition, its development of standards, and its integration with the other institutions of modern American medicine and education—in short, its professionalism.


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