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.
February 11, 2014
A story Monday on refugees incorrectly cited the professional title of psychologist Arthur Evans. He is commissioner of Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services. Philadelphia's health commissioner is Don Schwarz.
December 19, 2013 |
Already, the 10 tween girls have devoured spaghetti tacos, made Lifesaver bracelets, changed into pajamas, and played several giggle-infused rounds of limbo. Next up on this Friday night in Elkins Park is a serious game of human mop - one girl drags another across the floor, which, the girls swear, is more fun than it sounds. The controlled chaos looks like any other sleepover. But as 10:30 p.m. approaches, the living room at the hosting Gormans' becomes increasingly crowded - with parents.
December 6, 2013 |
AS A PSYCHOLOGIST, Cornelius Fergueson is paid to help children in the juvenile-court system. But on Monday, he was arrested for indecent exposure and open lewdness for allegedly masturbating in front of his office window in plain view of high-school students across the street. Fergueson, 40, an independent contractor of the Philadelphia Mental Health Care Corp. whose office is in the Family Court Building in Center City, was arraigned yesterday and released on his own recognizance, according to the District Attorney's Office.
January 25, 2013 |
ANTHONY ABRAMS, a psychologist who got a $285,000 settlement from the city after claiming that a Philly cop had partially crushed his eye socket during a violent encounter in 2010, was found dead in his car on Jan. 16, authorities said. The car was parked outside Abrams' office on Meetinghouse Road near Jenkintown Road, in Jenkintown, said Montgomery County Coroner Walter Hofman. The cause of death has not been determined, Hofman said. Abrams, 59, alleged in a lawsuit that he filed against the city that he was brutally assaulted by Officer Eric Burke in Kensington on March 8, 2010.
January 20, 2013 |
EWING, N.J. - A psychologist told anxious New Jersey school officials Friday that after the Newtown, Conn., massacre, assessing a school's social climate and its potential for violence is every bit as important as assessing its academic performance. "People who have a sense of dignity do not perpetrate harm on each other," said Maurice Elias, a Rutgers University psychology professor and an expert on social and emotional learning. He was the keynote speaker at a statewide forum on the campus of the College of New Jersey.