June 5, 2015 |
AS BIOPIC subjects go, Brian Wilson is a doozy. After all, the story arc of his almost 73 years seems far more the stuff of fiction than fact. Physically and emotionally abused as a child (he claims he lost 96 percent of the hearing in his right ear to the corporal punishment administered by his father, Murray), he nonetheless went on to found the Beach Boys and serve as the iconic band's original bassist and chief composer, conjuring such pop-rock totems as "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," "California Girls" and "Good Vibrations.
May 4, 2015
YOU KNOW this guy. You might not know his name, or exactly why he always seems to be around the local pro teams, but you know the face: those kind, sad eyes that ooze empathy, that wide, caring smile. He is Joel Fish, director of Philadelphia's Center for Sport Psychology, and, during the last two decades, a consulting sports psychologist for the Sixers, Flyers and Phillies - all of whom seem intent on driving their fans mad. So while Larry Brown, Charlie Manuel and Peter Laviolette may have been tasked with getting athletes to execute physically during the era of Iverson, J-Roll and Bryzgalov, "Dr. Joel" was on hand to help with players' psyches.
April 8, 2015 |
Albert Levitt, 87, of Flourtown, a retired chief psychologist for the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, died Thursday, March 26, at home of complications from Parkinson's disease. Born and reared in Logan, Dr. Levitt moved to Flourtown in 1980. He quit high school to join the Army in December 1945 and was honorably discharged in October 1947. When he returned stateside, Dr. Levitt finished high school at Temple High School. He went on to earn undergraduate and master's degrees from Temple University.
March 27, 2015 |
Don Tollefson's sentencing Wednesday proved no less bizarre than his trial, with a psychologist claiming that the former sportscaster told him that his mother forced him to sleep in her bed throughout his childhood and well into college. But the proceeding mostly focused on the fallen icon's future and his potential for redemption. After fleecing 200 people in a sports ticket-selling scheme, Tollefson was sentenced by a Bucks County judge to two to four years in state prison and 15 years' probation for felony money laundering, fraud, and theft.
February 17, 2015
ISSUE | CREDENTIALS Qualified, unlicensed There are many qualified, competent, and expert therapists who lack a Pennsylvania license ("Abuse expert lacks Pa. license," Feb. 7). As a Pennsylvania-certified - but not licensed - psychotherapist, I want to reassure Inquirer readers who followed news of the perjury charges against a psychologist over her expert-witness testimony: They can and will get excellent therapy from unlicensed individuals. The real issue in the case of child-abuse expert Sue Cornbluth is that an individual allegedly lied about her credentials.
January 31, 2015 |
Dorothy June Brown, 77, has some problems remembering dates, her age, the year, and where she went to school, but a forensic psychologist said she is competent to be retried on charges that she defrauded the charter schools she founded of $6.3 million. Christine Anthony, who examined Brown in Texas last fall, gave that assessment via videoconference Thursday, the second day of Brown's competency hearing in federal court. Anthony said she interviewed Brown four times during her court-ordered monthlong stay at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth.
January 12, 2015 |
When Paul Rozin was growing up, his parent thought food waste was terrible, telling him to "finish your food. Think of the starving children in Europe. " The psychology worked. "I would eat my food," he said. Now, Rozin is a cultural psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, and one of his research areas is food attitudes. He spoke recently at the Last Food Mile, a national conference on food waste sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Food waste happens all along the supply chain, from farms to stores to restaurants, but waste in the American home is the single largest component, with the average family of four discarding an estimated 1,164 pounds of food a year - about three pounds a day. A third of that is inedibles, such as chicken bones and orange peels.
November 21, 2014 |
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone. - Blaise Pascal I'm so bored I want to tear my hair out. We all know that feeling. Yet until recently, boredom has been seldom studied. Perhaps it's because we believe it's an ethical category. As we like to say, idle hands are the devil's workshop. But psychologists finally seem interested in the topic. And a spate of studies suggest that boredom actually poses a threat to health - life, even.
May 29, 2014 |
Leon B. Cohen, 92, who earned a Bronze Star in combat during World War II and was a psychologist at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center from 1959 to 1981, died Sunday, May 25, at the retirement community Cadbury at Cherry Hill. For a time, Dr. Cohen was head of psychological services for the center, a son, Mark, said in a phone interview. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he graduated from the Franklin K. Lane High School there in 1938 and began his college studies at night at Brooklyn College while working during the day. In 1943, he was drafted into the Army and, a month after D-Day in 1944, landed in France as a litter bearer with a medical unit, working with it all the way to the Elbe River in eastern Germany.
February 24, 2014 |
Everyone has ups and downs, but there are times when parents may notice their college-age children are showing signs of real trouble and need a therapist. It might be as obvious as a drop in school performance, or as subtle as a sudden and consistent mood change. But unlike a physical ailment, in which parents could consult a doctor, mental health issues often carry a stigma, and parents may be reluctant to send an overstressed or depressed child to a therapist. They may not know where to look for one. Or money may be an issue.