May 27, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A number of Pennsylvania state legislators are opposing a Department of Corrections plan to outsource mental health services at 27 state prisons, saying it could put prison workers and communities at risk. The state could contract out as many as 187 positions now filled by Department of Corrections employees to save money and improve services, according to corrections spokeswoman Susan McNaughton. The positions include licensed psychologist managers, licensed psychologists, and psychological services specialists.
April 27, 2013 |
A psychologist who has spent her professional career at Bryn Mawr College has been appointed interim president following last month's surprising resignation of Jane McAuliffe. Kimberly Wright Cassidy, 49, joined the faculty of the elite women's college in 1993 and was appointed provost in 2007. She has worked on initiatives including the creation of courses, majors, and digital programs. "I feel my responsibility is to keep that forward momentum going," she said. "We're not in a pause mode.
April 24, 2013
By Eric A. Zillmer As Boston recovers from a week of terror, the questions remain: Why did this happen? What could have motivated the suspects, 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, to terrorize a city, creating the kind of warlike turmoil that led their family to move to the United States? While the investigation unfolds, there are several themes present that are familiar to those who study the psychology of terrorists. One aspect of terror is that it is often perpetrated on foreign soil.
April 23, 2013 |
GROWING UP IN Philadelphia during the Great Depression, Robert Perloff knew what it was like to hustle for a buck. He peddled newspapers, worked as a soda jerk and movie usher and took other menial jobs to help his family get through the desperate financial times. When he was 12, his father, Meyer Perloff, committed suicide. It was a wrenching loss that he later described in a touching newspaper essay after he had become a distinguished professor of business administration and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.
February 15, 2013 |
Raymond P. Hill Jr., 27, of Havertown, a former research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, in San Francisco of an overdose of prescribed medication. A lively man who showed great promise, Mr. Hill had struggled with depression and addiction for several years, his family said. On Dec. 31, he went to California on a spiritual journey to clear his head, he told his family in an e-mail. He planned to enter a Caron Foundation drug-rehab center in January, said his mother, Cass.
February 8, 2013 |
The recession is over and the job market is improving, albeit barely, but the psychological aftermath of the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression persists, according to a sweeping national survey by Rutgers University. The majority of those surveyed say they believe that there has been a permanent and painful change in the nation's economy. Gone forever, they say, are the ability of the young to afford college, of employees to feel secure, and of workers to land good jobs at good pay. "What this reflects is how wide and deep the whole shock was," said Carl Van Horn, director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, one of the study's coauthors.
February 1, 2013 |
In his 1973 play Equus , Peter Shaffer tells a detective story, based on an actual event, about a reluctant psychiatrist attempting to unravel the case of a 17-year-old boy who blinded six horses. The play's confrontation of religion with psychiatry helped set the tone for pop culture's understanding of mind and behavior. Forty years later, books by Oliver Sacks, shows on NPR, and hit TV shows and movies ( The Silence of the Lambs , Criminal Minds ) have fleshed out the genre and broadened popular knowledge of aberrant psychology.
November 27, 2012 |
Patrick J. Rowan Jr., 64, of Oaklyn, a longtime teacher and administrator at Paul VI Catholic High School in Haddon Township, died Friday, Nov. 23, of a blood disease at his home. Mr. Rowan was born in Gloucester City and graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School in 1966. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Villanova University in 1970 and a master's degree in education from Glassboro State College in 1976. Mr. Rowan's passion was teaching psychology to high school students.
October 11, 2012 |
Jerry Sandusky will not go directly to a permanent cell in Pennsylvania's prison system, a corrections official said after his sentencing Tuesday. First, he must undergo a 30-day assessment at Camp Hill Correctional Facility that will decide his ultimate placement among the state's 27 prisons. Sue Bensinger, deputy press secretary for the Department of Corrections, said Sandusky was being remanded to Camp Hill to face the same diagnostic and classification process as any other prisoner.