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.
December 16, 2012 |
Maura Schwartz, of Deptford Township, N.J., turned on the broadcast news yesterday for information about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where her mother worked as a psychologist. Then, the news broke: her mother, Mary Sherlach, was among the victims at the Newtown, Conn., school. Maura Schwartz had received a phone call from her sister, Sherlach's other daughter, frantically telling them that there was a shooting at the school. But it wasn't until news reports began confirming victim information that they learned of the death.
October 8, 2012 |
Eric Zillmer, Drexel's athletic director for 11 years, may be the only NCAA athletic director who doubles as a practicing clinical psychologist. Zillmer must be the only Division I athletic director who can say his scientific experience includes "understanding predators. " He's the only AD who can say things such as, "If you describe your personality as a house, Jerry Sandusky's house had many, many rooms that are not connected. Stairways that didn't lead anywhere. It seems like he organized his entire existence around this biological need he had. " Zillmer never met Jerry Sandusky or worked at Penn State, he said, but he has followed all the developments in the Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal, from a unique angle.
July 6, 2012 |
Toni Lynette Welch, 43, of East Falls, a psychologist, died Saturday, June 30, of breast cancer at home. Ms. Welch joined the staff of CareLink Community Support Services in Norristown in 2006. She was the program leader for CareLink's Star Program, which offered psychiatric day treatment for adults with sexual issues, until she became ill two years ago. Previously, Ms. Welch had been a psychologist for the Civil Mental Health Court in Philadelphia, which hears cases involving the rights of mentally ill people.
June 28, 2012 |
When the 76ers make their first selection Thursday in the NBA draft, the player they add with the 15th overall pick will have been scrutinized by coaches and scouts for hundreds of hours. They will know, for the most part, every strength and weakness of his game. Though it knows what type of weak-side defender a player might be at the NBA level, none of the basketball brain trust will know how that player's mind works. That's why, when asked about a player's mental makeup and his personality, the response usually is about a player's "motor" or lack thereof.
June 5, 2012 |
When psychologist Johan Lundstrom decided to test whether there really was an "old people smell" he got good news and bad news. Unfortunately, he found, people can tell the difference in body odor among young, middle-aged, and old people. The good news is people aren't very good at telling which odors came from which age group. Also on the bright side: Women smell no worse as they age and men get nicer smelling after 75. Lundstrom, who works at the University of Pennsylvania and the Monell Chemical Senses Center, said he decided to investigate this matter when giving a recent talk at a retirement home near Philadelphia.
April 12, 2012 |
A SURPRISE was waiting for Beth Grimm in the mail on Monday - a check from the Frontier Virtual Charter High School. It had been about a month since Grimm, a school psychologist who's battling breast cancer, had asked the Philadelphia-based cyber school when she would be paid for evaluation reports that she did earlier this year on students with possible learning disabilities. The 55-year-old Lancaster resident had received no answer to the numerous emails she'd sent to John Craig, the school's founder and chief executive.
March 25, 2012 |
Of the 40-student cast and crew, nearly half have a friend or family member in the military. So if ever there was a time and place to reimagine Shakespeare's Macbeth as a tragedy of modern war, it's now, at West Chester University. Macbeth himself (Philadelphia senior Jim Vadala) just spent spring break reconnecting with buddies back with their own war stories to share. Shannon Kearns, a junior Gentlewoman, rushes to the computer to check on a deployed pal from the Poconos whenever she hears of a skirmish in Afghanistan.
March 25, 2012 |
Jerry Sandusky's behavior exhibited a "pedophile's pattern of building trust," a psychologist told police in 1998 after interviewing one of the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach's alleged victims. But after evaluating the same boy, another expert concluded that Sandusky had done nothing that could not be "defined as normal between a healthy adult and a young adolescent male. " Those conflicting analyses - both included in a police report that year on allegations that Sandusky had touched an 11-year-old inappropriately in a locker-room shower on the Penn State campus - suggest a possible answer to one of the central questions to emerge since the former coach's arrest last year on more than 50 counts of child sex abuse.