February 3, 2012 |
CHICAGO - In her sophomore year at Lake Forest College, Sam Sekulich had reached a breaking point. On top of the pressure she felt from classes and student clubs, she was fighting with her parents and not consistently taking medication for her bipolar disorder. Feeling anxious and overwhelmed, she went to the one place where someone is always listening: Facebook. She posted that she hated life and wished maybe she could just "give up on it. " The help poured in. Friends commented on her post, asking if she was OK. A faculty member at her college checked on her through e-mail.
January 24, 2012 |
Isaac is a guy in his 30s who teaches art and has a burning love for a student of his - an 8-year-old boy. What we know from Beautiful Child , the play being done by Fever Dream Repertory at the Adrienne, is little more. During the course of a class, Isaac put his hand on the boy's shoulder, then his finger on the boy's lips. Anything else, we have to assume. In the end, we also have to assume that the painfully awful Beautiful Child has something to tell us, but that gives it undocumented credit.
January 21, 2012 |
Leonard Rosen, 95, formerly of Center City, a psychologist who became an artist, died of pneumonia Sunday, Jan. 15, at his home in Bandon, Ore. Dr. Rosen earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953. For the next 25 years, he maintained a clinical practice in Camden; was a psychologist at the New Jersey Mental Hygiene Clinic in Camden and for the New Jersey prison system; and was on the staff at Cooper University Hospital. Dr. Rosen was also an instructor at Rutgers University and Glassboro State College, now Rowan University.
October 24, 2011 |
WHEN STUDENTS tell Carmen Marerro they don't want to spend more time in school after getting their high-school diplomas, she draws a timeline of their lives. "I shade in the area from 5 to 22," said Marrero, 43, a curly haired, warm mother of two who is one of the Philadelphia School District's few bilingual school psychologists. "I say, 'What you do here determines how you'll live on the other side.' They don't think about it like that. " Marrero, who was raised by Puerto Rican parents in Hunting Park, began working for the district as a community-outreach coordinator in 1996.
October 8, 2011 |
Arthur I. Alterman, 72, of Broomall, a research psychologist who studied substance abuse, died of cancer on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Alterman was a research professor of psychology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center-University of Pennsylvania Center for Studies of Addiction. For 27 years, he studied substance-abuse treatments at the center, using funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
September 29, 2011 |
TUCSON, Ariz. - The man accused of wounding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a deadly shooting rampage understands that he has killed people, feels remorse about it, and can be restored to mental competency within eight months, a psychologist testified in federal court Wednesday. Christina Pietz has been treating Jared Lee Loughner, 23, at the Missouri prison facility where a judge sent him four months ago after finding him mentally unfit to stand trial. She told U.S. District Judge Larry Burns that Loughner likely has suffered from schizophrenia for several years but has improved under her treatment.
August 22, 2011
T HE PROBLEM of Philadelphia's violent teen mobs is the biggest hot-button issue of the summer and one that Charles A. Williams III, an educational psychologist and director of the Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence, has been spending a lot of time thinking about lately. He sat down with me last week for a wide-ranging conversation that touched on Mayor Nutter, juvenile curfews and hip-hop. Jen: Someone needs to open a can of whoop-ass on flash-mob hooligans, right?
July 7, 2011 |
Constantine Peter Cummings, 89, of Wayne, a clinical psychologist who led a team that designed control panels in early spacecraft, died Friday, July 1, of pneumonia at Paoli Memorial Hospital. Dr. Cummings, who was raised in New Brunswick, N.J., helped shape the control panels in NASA's Gemini and Apollo space capsules. Dr. Cummings developed an expertise in how people, including military members and astronauts, interacted with computers and control panels, which allowed him to better design them.
June 13, 2011 |
Before Facebook, MySpace, and AOL chat rooms, Ruth Ballentine Harvey tried to help strangers meet strangers. A 1989 Philadelphia Daily News profile reported that she had been running singles workshops with titles such as "Liking, Loving, and Loneliness. " A 1994 Daily News book review said she had "conducted workshops on 'Great Places to Meet People' for 10 years. " She summed up her years of meeting and greeting with her 1994 book about those places, Connecting in Philadelphia . On Tuesday, May 31, Mrs. Harvey, 69, a former psychologist for the Philadelphia School District and SEPTA, among others, died of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at home in Roxborough.
May 28, 2011 |
Richard M. Dressler, 80, of Devon, a retired psychologist, died from complications of Alzheimer's disease, Wednesday, May 25, at home. Dr. Dressler was director of the Villanova University Student Counseling Center from 1968 to 1976 and then was chief psychologist at Graterford Prison until retiring in 1990. He grew up with five older siblings in Germantown and graduated from North Catholic High School. From 1952 to 1954, he was an Army photographer. After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree from Villanova University, where he met his future wife, Mary Buckley, a nursing student.