Judith Lewis Herman
|Born||1942 (age 79–80)|
|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, 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 contributions to the understanding of trauma and its victims, as set out in her second book, 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 yet accepted by DSM-IV as a separate diagnostic category, the notion of complex traumas has been found useful in clinical practice, although the eleventh revision of ICD (ICD-11), released in 2018, now includes that diagnosis for the first time.
Herman equally influentially set out a three-stage sequence of trauma treatment and recovery. The first involved regaining a sense of safety 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 about the effects of the justice system on victims of sexual violence to discover a better way for victims of crimes to interact with what she perceives as an 'adversarial' system of crime and punishment in the U.S.
Judith Herman was born in New York City to Helen Block Lewis, who was a psychologist and psychoanalyst and taught at Yale, and Naphtali Lewis, who worked as a professor of Classics at City University of New York. Judith Herman received her education at Radcliffe College and Harvard Medical School.
- 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 (ed.), Prostitution, trafficking and traumatic stress, Binghamton, New York: Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press, pp. 1–16, ISBN 9781136764905. Sample pdf.
- Harvey, Mary, and Herman, Judith Lewis (September 1994). "Amnesia, Partial Amnesia, and Delayed Recall among Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma". Consciousness and Cognition 3 (3-4): 295-206. 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. S2CID 12123376.
- 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. S2CID 42891871.
- 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. S2CID 11900567.
- "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 (ed.), 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
- Cloitre, Marylène (2020). "ICD-11 complex post-traumatic stress disorder: Simplifying diagnosis in trauma populations". The British Journal of Psychiatry. 216 (3): 129–131. doi:10.1192/bjp.2020.43. PMID 32345416. S2CID 213910628.
- 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.
- "Judith Herman". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
- "Judith Herman". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
- "Justice from the Victim's Perspective" - Lecture given at Wesleyan 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