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Paula J. Caplan Ph.D.


Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist, author of books and plays, playwright, actor, and director. She was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, received her A.B. with honors from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Duke University. She is currently an Associate at Harvard University's DuBois Institute, working on the Voices of Diversity project, and recently completed two years as a Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program of the Kennedy School at Harvard. She has given more than 400 invited addresses and invited workshops and has done more than 1,000 media interviews as part of her work in public education and activism.

She is former Full Professor of Applied Psychology and Head of the Centre for Women's Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and former Lecturer in Women's Studies and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her twelfth and latest book is When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans. This book won the 2011 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in the Psychology category. The PROSE Awards are presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 40 categories. Judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals since 1976, the PROSE Awards are extraordinary for their breadth and depth. This book also was named Groundbreaking Book of the Month by Independent Publisher for April, 2011.

Her other books are:

They Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal

The Myth of Women's Masochism

THE NEW Don't Blame Mother: Mending the Mother-Daughter Relationship

Thinking Critically About Research on Sex and Gender (co-authored with her son, Jeremy B. Caplan)

Lifting a Ton of Feathers: A Woman's Guide to Surviving in the Academic World

You're Smarter Than They Make You Feel: How the Experts Intimidate Us and What We Can Do About It

Gender Differences in Human Cognition (with Mary Crawford, Janet Hyde, and John Richardson)

Between Women: Lowering the Barriers (originally Barriers Between Women)

Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis (co-edited with Lisa Cosgrove)

Children's Learning and Attention Problems (co-authored with Marcel Kinsbourne)


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