August 26, 2010 |
William James died 100 years ago today, but his influence is still with us. He contributed mightily to the early growth of psychology, writing the first textbook, establishing the first demonstration laboratory, and teaching the first course on the subject. A sibling of novelist Henry and diarist Alice, James was educated in a variety of schools in America and abroad - none of which seemed to suit his father, a brilliant eccentric who preferred the kind of informal education that took place in spirited discussions around the family dinner table.
July 29, 2010
Julie Bernard O'Malley, 67, of Wyndmoor, a clinical psychologist, drowned Saturday, July 17, in Avalon, N.J. Dr. O'Malley, who was a strong swimmer, had gone for a swim in the early evening after lifeguards left the beach, said her sister, Olivia Bernard. Since 1992, Dr. O'Malley had had a practice in Chestnut Hill. She was a counselor at the Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College from 1984 to 1988 and then a staff psychologist at the Washington Square Institute in New York City for four years.
May 27, 2010 |
Kalai Herko took notice when her son, an Interboro High School senior, quietly slipped her a folded piece of paper. "Here, read this," he told her. "This" turned out to be an invitation sent out by the Delaware County school's administration announcing a workshop for parents and families after three teen suicides. Herko made it a priority to attend the Wednesday night session. But when she saw how sparse the attendance was - about 50 parents from a district of more than 3,600 students - the Glenolden mother of three was upset.
April 17, 2010 |
A. Thomas McLellan, a former University of Pennsylvania psychologist whose appointment last year as the top federal official on addiction treatment was seen as signaling a major shift in drug policy, is planning to step down in July. Friends and colleagues said Friday that McLellan, who is known as a straight-talking, get-it-done kind of scientist, likes everything about the job except bureaucracy and politics. Unfortunately, his title is deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
December 27, 2009 |
How can people reinvent themselves after being laid off? A person might start by asking friends for an assessment of his or her strengths, said organizational psychologist Daniel Russell of Aon Corporation, a consulting firm. "What do people value about you that you never thought about?" he said. Russell also warned against panic, and its paralyzing effects. "When we're fearful, we get tunnel vision and tend to narrow our options," he said. "We lose our cognitive ability to scan the environment and evaluate options.
December 14, 2009 |
Martin Fishbein, 73, of Center City, an influential social psychologist who was active with AIDS prevention, died of a heart attack Nov. 27 at Royal Free Hampstead Hospital in London. Dr. Fishbein was director of the health communication program in the Public Policy Center of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fishbein, who had been at Penn since 1997, studied the role of attitudes and social norms to understand why people engage in certain behaviors.
October 7, 2009 |
Alan Bachman, 38, of Sewell, a director of the outpatient unit at Healthcare Commons, a behavioral health agency in Carneys Point, died Saturday of injuries suffered when he was hit by a car in Monroe Township. Mr. Bachman was jogging on a bicycle path at 9:10 a.m. and was struck as he crossed Fries Mill Road, police said. He was thrown more than 100 feet and died that night at Cooper University Hospital. The vehicle, a GMC Envoy, was driven by Curtis P. Turner, 70, of Franklin Township.
September 4, 2009 |
Friends Hospital, the historic but embattled psychiatric hospital in Northeast Philadelphia, has hired a new chief executive officer with Philadelphia roots, and experience as both a clinician and administrator. Kenneth Glass, 44, comes to Friends from the North Philadelphia Health System, where he was senior vice president of behavioral medicine. The system consists of two small facilities, Girard Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital, in North Philadelphia. Friends is regrouping after allegations from city, county, and state officials that it at times provided insufficient oversight of patients, including in April, when a patient committed suicide.
June 21, 2009 |
After months of gloomy economic news, Philadelphia has been, at least for a few days, the worldwide epicenter of a certain kind of positive thinking. About 1,500 people who make their living thinking about what makes us happier and more emotionally successful have converged on Philadelphia for the First World Congress on Positive Psychology. The event opened Thursday and concludes today. As one of the speakers, Karen Reivich, a psychologist who codirects the Penn Resiliency Project, puts it, this meeting is for those who study "not just what ails people but what allows people to flourish.
April 11, 2009 |
In another clear break from past policy, President Obama announced yesterday that he intended to nominate as the nation's No. 2 drug czar a scientist often considered the No. 1 researcher on addiction and treatment. A. Thomas McLellan, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist, will be charged with reducing demand for drugs, a part of the foreign-supply-and-domestic-demand equation that many policy experts say has been underemphasized for years. "We're blown away. He understands," said Stephen J. Pasierb, president and chief executive of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, that addiction "is a parent, a family, a child issue.