Judith Lewis Herman
Judith Lewis Herman
|Born||1942 (age 76–77)|
|Alma mater||Radcliffe College|
Harvard Medical School
|Known for||Research on complex post-traumatic stress disorder and incest|
Herman is Professor of clinical psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School and Director of Training at the Victims of Violence Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Women's Mental Health Collective.
She was the recipient of the 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the 2000 Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women's Association. In 2003 she was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Judith Herman is best known for her distinctive contributions to the understanding of trauma and its victims, as set out in her second book, the now classic study of the diagnostic category post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Trauma and Recovery. There she distinguishes between single-incident traumas – one-off events – which she termed Type I traumas, and complex or repeated traumas (Type II). Type I trauma, according to the United States Veterans Administration's Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, "accurately describes the symptoms that result when a person experiences a short-lived psychological trauma". Type II – the concept of complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) – includes "the syndrome that follows upon prolonged, repeated trauma". Although not accepted by DSM-IV as a separate diagnostic category, the notion of complex traumas has been found useful in clinical practice.
Herman equally influentially set out a three-stage sequence of trauma treatment and recovery. The first involved regaining a sense of safety, whether through a therapeutic relationship, medication, relaxation exercises or a combination of all three. The second phase involved active work upon the trauma, fostered by that secure base, and employing any of a range of psychological techniques. The final stage was represented by an advance to a new post-traumatic life, possibly broadened by the experience of surviving the trauma and all it involved.
Herman was interviewed by Harry Kreisler, Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, for his ongoing series Conversations with History at the Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley. She is currently working on a study into the effects of the justice system on victims of sexual violence, with a view to discovering a better way for victims of crimes to be allowed to interact with what she perceives as an 'adversarial' system of crime and punishment in the U.S.
- Herman, Judith Lewis (1997) . Trauma and recovery: the aftermath of violence - from domestic abuse to political terror. New York: BasicBooks. ISBN 9780465087303.
- Herman, Judith Lewis (2000) . Father-daughter incest. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674076518.
- Herman, Judith Lewis (2003), "Introduction: hidden in plain sight: clinical observations on prostitution", in Farley, Melissa, Prostitution, trafficking and traumatic stress, Binghamton, New York: Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press, pp. 1–16, ISBN 9781136764905. Sample pdf.
- Herman, Judith Lewis (April 2003). "The mental health of crime victims: impact of legal intervention". Journal of Traumatic Stress. 16 (2): 159–166. doi:10.1023/A:1022847223135. PMID 12699203.
- Herman, Judith Lewis (January 2004). "Introduction: hidden in plain sight: clinical observations on prostitution". Journal of Trauma Practice. 2 (3–4): 1–13. doi:10.1300/J189v02n03_01. Sample pdf.
- Herman, Judith Lewis (May 2005). "Justice from the victim's perspective". Violence Against Women. 11 (5): 571–602. doi:10.1177/1077801205274450. PMID 16043563.
- Herman, Judith Lewis; Dutra, Lissa; Callahan, Kelley; Forman, Evan; Mendelsohn, Michaela (January 2008). "Core schemas and suicidality in a chronically traumatized population". Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 196 (1): 71–74. doi:10.1097/NMD.0b013e31815fa4c1. PMID 18195645.
- "Judith Herman". harvard.edu. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
- John Marzillier, To Hell and Back (2012) p 302
- John Marzillier, To Hell and Back (2012) p 12 and p 02
- Whealin,Ph.D., Julia M.; Slone,Ph.D., Laurie (22 May 2007). "National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet: Complex PTSD". National Center for PTSD, United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2008.
- Herman, Judith Lewis (1997) , "A new diagnosis", in Herman, Judith Lewis, Trauma and recovery: the aftermath of violence - from domestic abuse to political terror, New York: BasicBooks, p. 119, ISBN 9780465087303.
- John Marzillier, To Hell and Back (2012) p. 304
- D. Goleman, Emotional Intelligence (1996) p. 210-11
- John Marzillier, To Hell and Back (2012) p. 182
- D. Goleman, Emotional Intelligence (1996) p. 213
- John Marzillier, To Hell and Back (2012) p. 256
- "Conversation with History; Dr. Judith Lewis Herman". Conversations with History: Institute of International Studies. UC Berkeley. Retrieved December 22, 2007.
- "Center for the Humanities-War: 2009/2010". deimos3.apple.com.
- "Justice from the Victim's Perspective" - Lecture given at Wesleyen University, 10 May 2010
- "Conversations with History: The Case of Trauma and Recovery Psychological Insight and Political Understanding with Judith Herman" - Interview with Harry Kreisler from the University of Berkeley, 30 October 2010