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Reflections from Pioneering Women in Psychology


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Foreword: Jennifer Lodi-Smith; Introduction: The voices of remarkable women in psychology Nicky J. Newton and Jamila Bookwala; 1. Hardly a straight line: My career in psychology Leona S. Aiken; 2. Challenging paradigms: It takes a village Carolyn Aldwin; 3. From young and naive to old and experienced Toni C. Antonucci; 4. Being the change you want to see in the world Susan Basow; 5. Accidental professor Joan C. Chrisler; 6. Finding a place and changing the space Kay Deaux; 7. The more you do, the better it gets Florence Denmark; 8. Happily ever after Phoebe C. Ellsworth; 9. Love and work: How to (and not to) have both Susan T. Fiske; 10. Overcoming obstacles and thriving Irene Hanson Frieze; 11. Out of the box: Forging a clinical career in clinical psychology in the liberal arts academy Laurie Heatherington; 12. Stress has been good to me: My career in psychoneuroimmunology Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser; 13. On pioneering at northwestern university...with a 'Village' of supports Diana Slaughter Kotzin; 14. Against all odds: An American Indian creates a path Marigold Linton; 15. Tricked by memory Elizabeth F. Loftus; 16. Doing psychology in unsettled times Jeanne Marecek; 17. Overcoming obstacles: Persisting, pivoting and paying attention to unforeseen opportunities Rachel Pruchno; 18. Knocking on doors that opened for me Lauren B. Resnick; 19. Paths unexpected, but rewarding, during an academic journey Karen S. Rook; 20. Reflections on an improbable journey Carol D. Ryff ; 21. The delicate art of balancing serendipity and plan fullness in an academic career Stephanie A. Shields; 22. A "skin in the game" scaffolded career Margaret Beale Spencer; 23. A wonderful journey along an unforeseen path: Memoir of an improbable career Mary Ann Parris Stephens; 24. Choosing both: Finding a path as an academic feminist Abigail J. Stewart; 25. Identity and my life story in psychology Susan Krauss Whitbourne; 26. Doing what matters: A framework for academic success Camille Wortman; Conclusion: Reflecting on the collective Jamila Bookwala and Nicky J. Newton.

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Records the academic paths of ground-breaking women psychologists in their own words: their triumphs, decisions, obstacles, and legacies.

About the Author

Jamila Bookwala is Dean of Faculty and Professor of Psychology at Lafayette College, US. Her primary research interest is close adult relationships and their role in health and well-being. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and Gerontological Society of America. Bookwala has published extensively on psychosocial factors that promote adult health and well-being, and couple relationships in the middle and later years. Nicky Newton is Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. Newton studies personality development in adulthood as it relates to social identities, social roles, and age-related transitions. She has written numerous articles on generativity, legacy, regret in later life, and personality development during adulthood. Newton found psychology relatively late in life, having worked as a professional flute player in Australia, Austria, and New Zealand.


'This book is an extraordinary window into the lives of 26 remarkable women in psychology. Their personal stories are captivating, serving as a testament to the shared roles of determination and serendipity in shaping their lives. Their accounts of gender inequity underscore what has - and, sadly, has not - changed in academia. Their invaluable words of wisdom make this a must-read for junior and senior scholars alike.' Katherine Fiori, Professor of Psychology, Adelphi University, USA
'The contributions of women in the field of psychology have gone relatively unrecognized until this ground-breaking edited volume. From a life-course perspective, we are shown the challenges and triumphs of pioneering women through fascinating personal stories that highlight their impact across various sub-disciplines within the field of psychology. A must-read!' Lisa Hollis-Sawyer, Associate Professor of Psychology, Northeastern Illinois University, USA

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