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.
May 18, 2011 |
Why would a reputable website like Psychology Today post evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa's unfounded study, provocatively titled "Why Black Women Are Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women"? Was it simply "driving web traffic" psychology? It couldn't have been the soundness of the study, which basically asked random people to rate the attractiveness of other random people on a scale of 1 to 5. Was the subsequent conclusion - that black men are actually considered the most attractive - proof that Kanazawa, known for his controversial and questionable scientific conclusions, is not a racist?
April 27, 2011 |
Thomas Edison famously quipped that genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. A study this week suggests that perspiration is important not just for creating new inventions but for getting a good score on an IQ test. A team led by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth examined data collected from dozens of studies and concluded that test-takers who were motivated by money scored considerably better. The role of motivation was especially important at the lower end of the spectrum, where a financial incentive could raise IQ as much as 15 points.
March 18, 2011 |
A psychologist who said that a Philadelphia police officer beat him so badly last year that his eye socket was partially crushed has won a $285,000 settlement from the city, but questions about the case remain. Meanwhile, the officer, Eric Burke, is still on duty, a police spokesman said. The alleged beating of Anthony Abrams occurred March 8, 2010, at 5th and York streets, where Abrams said that he had gone to meet a client. Abrams said in a lawsuit filed in September that he was doing research for a federally funded study of addiction when a patient promised to meet him at 5th and York.
February 12, 2011 |
A psychologist will soon police all Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests and a new "delegate for investigations" will monitor sex-abuse allegations and shepherd them to civil authorities for action, changes Cardinal Justin Rigali announced yesterday in response to Thursday's priest indictments. Rigali also hired Mary Achilles, the state's first victim advocate, to advise him on how to best help victims of clergy sex abuse. Ironically, Achilles worked for the diocese in that capacity from 2006 through 2008, but the grand jury alleged that church officials ignored her initial strong recommendations.
January 30, 2011 |
Patricia McIntosh Bricklin, 78, of Wayne, a professor of psychology at Widener University for 20 years and a former radio and television personality, died of interstitial lung disease Tuesday, Dec. 21, at the Wayne Center nursing home. For four years in the 1960s, Dr. Bricklin and her husband, Barry, also a psychologist, hosted a WCAU-AM show that was one of the first call-in programs dealing with psychology, her husband said. The couple also hosted a program on Channel 29 from 1969 to 1970 and were frequent guests in the early 1970s on the Channel 10 program Betty Hughes and Friends . From 1976 to 1981, they hosted a weekly program, Pinpoint Psychology , on WCAU-FM.
November 23, 2010 |
Stephen C. Luce, 60, a former behavioral psychologist with a Chester County nonprofit firm that treats neurological and developmental disorders, died of colon cancer Friday, Nov. 19, at his home in Berwyn. From 2001 to 2009, he was vice president for clinical programs, training, and research at Melmark in Berwyn. And, daughter Kirsten said, since 2008 he had been codirector of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Beverly, Mass., which seeks to improve behavioral science.