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.
December 7, 2008 |
In little more than a year, Philadelphia police officers have had to repeat the same wrenching ritual over and over - dealing with the bloody crime scenes, the grim hospital vigils, the solemn funeral processions. Since October 2007, five of their fellow officers have been killed in the line of duty. "For 13 months, it's been pure hell for the officers," said John McNesby, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5. "We've never experienced anything like this before and hopefully we won't have to experience it again.
November 16, 2008 |
Matti K. Gershenfeld, 83, of Elkins Park, a world-renowned psychologist who founded the Couples Learning Center in Jenkintown, died of multiple organ failure last Sunday at the Philadelphia Protestant Home, where she had been for three months. Mrs. Gershenfeld devoted her career to helping families coping with the stress that accompanies life changes. She drew upon her experiences as a mother of four, an author of eight books, a lecturer, a television talk-show host, a domestic-violence expert, a social researcher, and a teacher at Temple University.
November 3, 2008 |
If you saw any of the political debates between Biden and Palin or McCain and Obama, you know who won. It was obvious. Isn't it odd, though, that so many people in the media and elsewhere saw the same debate and thought the other side won? How could they see the world so differently? Are they stupid or just biased? To further muddy the waters, the journalists trying to explain the world are injecting bias into their reporting - or so says former CBS journalist Bernard Goldberg, author of the book Bias.