Paula Joan Caplan
Paula J. Caplan is a clinical and research psychologist; awardwinning fiction writer, playwright, and filmmaker; and advocate and activist specializing in a wide range of feminist issues, matters of psychiatric diagnosis, military veterans, and combinations of these. She is currently Associate, DuBois Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Project Director of Voices of Diversity. She has been a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program, a lecturer in the Harvard Psychology Department and the Program on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is the author of 11 books, including The Myth of Women’s Masochism; Don’t Blame Mother: Mending the Mother-Daughter Relationship; They Say You’re Crazy: How the World’s Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who’s Normal ;and Lifting a Ton of Feathers: A Woman’s Guide to Surviving in the Academic World. She is co-author of Thinking Critically About Research on Sex and Gender. She is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma and the Association for Women in Psychology, as well as of a Woman of the Year Award from the Toronto YWCA. Her plays have strong, interesting, major roles for women, and her multi-awardwinning film, “Is Anybody Listening?” about military veterans includes issues of sexism, homophobia, and sexual assault.