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April 8, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 15, 1994 | By Barbara J. Richberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Wilbur W. Blakely, Ed.D., 66, a psychologist and Presbyterian minister, died Sunday at his home in Warminster. Dr. Blakely was the founding pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Willow Grove. From 1982 to 1992, he was an adjunct associate professor in counseling psychology at Temple University. Born in Castana, Iowa, Dr. Blakely was a graduate of Mapleton High School in Mapleton, Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree in 1949 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
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July 12, 1990 | By Karl Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Bucks County Board of Commissioners yesterday renewed the contract of a psychologist whose findings last year of sexual abuse and satanic rituals at a Northampton Township day-care center were discredited by the county District Attorney's Office. Bucks County District Attorney Alan M. Rubenstein said yesterday that the psychologist, John M. Gentry, "has no credibility with me personally. His conclusions are frightening because they implicate innocent people for crimes that were never committed.
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September 5, 1991 | By Kathi Kauffman, Special to The Inquirer
Andrew J. D'Amico wants to turn peer pressure into peer support. D'Amico, a licensed psychologist and a member of Rosemont Counseling Associates, is forming a discussion group for 10 high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 to provide a place for them to talk openly about problems and concerns. "This is not a therapy group," D'Amico said. "My role is to act as a facilitator, not provide therapy. I will simply ensure that they do not hurt each other. " Although no parents will be allowed to attend the discussion sessions, D'Amico said he would be glad to confer with parents or any other professionals such as teachers or guidance counselors, at any time.
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April 8, 1987 | By JOHN M. BAER, Daily News Staff Writer
Charges of sexual misconduct against a Philadelphia psychologist have moved the state to order an emergency suspension of his license and to seek its revocation. The state Board of Psychology said in documents released this week that the continued practice of psychologist Richard J. Jacobson, of Panama Street near 24th, presents "a clear danger to the public health and safety. " The action is based on allegations by three former female patients that Jacobson was sexually involved with them in separate instances between 1979 and 1983.
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August 4, 1993 | By Sandy Bauers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sylvia Ernst's attorney attempted to tread a fine line yesterday. Ernst, of Chester County, has alleged in a federal suit that Chester County Children and Youth Services (CYS) violated her civil rights by removing her granddaughter from her custody five years ago. Yesterday, her attorney, Robert Gidding, tried to show that Ernst had suffered enough to deserve the unspecified monetary damages she is seeking, yet not so much that it affected her ability to raise the child. A psychologist who both evaluated and treated Ernst in seven sessions over the last few years said that Ernst is suffering from clinical depression and would need counseling once or twice a week for "possibly as long as two years.
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March 18, 1999 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Alan T. Pollon, 58, a psychologist for Pennsylvania Hospital and a longtime emergency-squad member in Lower Merion and then in Willingboro, died of complications from diabetes Sunday at his Marlton home. Mr. Pollon, a Marlton resident for the last three years, previously lived in Willingboro for more than 25 years. He was a psychologist for Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia for 27 years until becoming ill three years ago. Previously, he worked for the Drenk Guidance Center in Mount Holly.
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April 15, 1987 | By JOHN M. BAER, Daily News Staff Writer
A 60-year old Philadelphia psychologist charged with taking sexual advantage of three female patients has been ordered to face a formal state hearing to determine whether he should be barred from practice. The state Board of Psychology also reaffirmed its order that the psychologist's license remain in "emergency" suspension, saying his practice presents "a clear danger" to the public. The psychologist, Richard J. Jacobson, of Delancey Place near 24th Street, denied the sexual misconduct charges under oath during a five-hour preliminary hearing yesterday.
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June 24, 1989 | By Connie O'Kane, Special to The Inquirer
Drugs took Matthew C. Ploppert from his loving, middle-class family and sent him on the way to a life of crime and murder, a defense psychologist testified yesterday. Ploppert's case was "a kind of tragic story of an individual from a strong family background with middle-class values and mores whose addiction to drugs led to a criminal lifestyle," Jonathan P. Vitriol, a psychologist from Bensalem, told the jury in Superior Court Judge Paul R. Kramer's Mount Holly courtroom.
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August 29, 2016
Natalie Pompilio is a Philadelphia writer Stefanie Glick was binge-watching James Bond films when she had a realization: The British super spy was "depressed as hell," working constantly and taking unnecessary risks, shunning deep long-term relationships, and smoking and drinking to excess. Then the freelance writer who has struggled with her own depressive episodes had another thought: She could use Bond and his unseen malady to talk and write about a difficult subject. She could address the stigma associated with depression while showing that those who struggle with their moods and still lead successful lives are as heroic as Bond.
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August 6, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Leonard S. Levitz had a singular way of celebrating birthdays and anniversaries for his wife, Meryl. He would write a small book of fables, based on people in their lives, just for her. The fables, she said, "helped me with some challenges at work," written over a span of 20 years, though the most recent was 15 years ago. "They involved animals, with the moral at the end. " She said the fables told "how to deal with this person or what...
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February 18, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Prosecutors on Tuesday requested additional time to review a psychological report on a Pemberton Township mother accused of fatally setting her newborn on fire. Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor James Ronca said at a hearing in Superior Court in Burlington County that he had just received the report Tuesday, and had only briefly reviewed it. Judge Terrence Cook granted Ronca's request to postpone the case, and set the next hearing for 9 a.m. Feb. 25. The report on Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier was done by a private psychologist at the request of the defense.
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January 23, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
When Gerald Cooke heard the news that African Americans were less likely than whites to pass a psychological evaluation to become Philadelphia police officers, it sounded familiar. He tried to fix the same problem two decades ago. Last month, an Inquirer analysis found that from 2011 to 2014, 72.5 percent of black police applicants passed the department's psych evaluation, compared with 81.2 percent of white candidates. In the early 1990s, the disparity was even greater, said Cooke, a forensic psychologist based in Plymouth Meeting.
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December 17, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
Earlier this year, African American police officers' groups contended that the Philadelphia Police Department's psychological screening was eliminating a lot of black applicants. Data recently provided by the department suggest that the critics are right. From 2011 through 2014, 72.5 percent of the 262 black applicants passed the psych evaluation, compared with 81.2 percent of the 823 white candidates. Hispanic applicants fell in between, at 75 percent of 176 job-seekers.
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October 26, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harry J. Woehr was an Army Air Corps operations officer at what might have seemed a safe harbor from all the killing during World War II. Though Japanese troops occupied pieces of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, Mr. Woehr was at a safer base there. He experienced loss of life there, just not American. As part of a wartime program that transferred American airplanes to the Soviet Union, "he was involved in helping to get the Russian pilots to take off" and head home over a narrow strip of the Bering Sea, daughter Leslie Tuttle said in a phone interview.
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October 22, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Oxford Circle woman who called herself "sexygirl32" and "freakygirl82" in Internet chat rooms where she offered her 6-year-old daughter for sex listened Tuesday in federal court for nearly two hours as her tragic history was retold by lawyers and a psychologist. Christine Yoder, 33, has the mental capacity of a third grader, the forensic psychologist testified. She suffers from the trauma of being raped by her grandfather. From abusive relationships with other men. From mood disorders.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2015 | By Joel Wee and Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writers
First in an occasional series. Baby boomers, the generation that brought America cable television, middle-class pot smoking, and the two-car garage, are now bringing the nation the jobs of the future. The boomers, as they grow older and more infirm, will need home health aides, personal care aides, registered nurses, and physical therapists - jobs that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says will be among the fastest growing in the next seven years. "It's about . . . these aging baby boomers," among other trends, said labor economist Paul Harrington, director of Drexel University's Center for Labor Markets and Policy.
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June 5, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
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.
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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.
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