September 10, 2010
A psychologist who alleges a Philadelphia police officer severely beat him filed a federal lawsuit against the department this month, seeking at least $100,000 in damages. Anthony Abrams, who was director of mental-health services at the Bucks County Correctional Facility, said he had gone to Fifth and York Streets on March 8 to interview a client for a study. When he could not find the patient, he said, a neighborhood woman agreed to help. Abrams said the woman had asked for $20, then walked away with the money without helping him. As he was leaving, he said, Officer Eric Burke demanded to know what he was doing in the area.
September 9, 2010 |
A psychologist doing research on addiction has sued the city of Philadelphia and a police officer he says attacked him in North Philadelphia and beat him so severely his eye socket was partially crushed. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey also was named in the federal civil-rights lawsuit filed Friday by Anthony Abrams, a Ph.D. and director of mental-health services at the Bucks County Correctional Facility. Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said authorities could not comment on the suit because an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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.