Paula Joan Caplan PhD
Paula J. Caplan is a clinical and research psychologist, expert witness, activist, advocate, award winning playwright and filmmaker, screenwriter, lyricist, actor, and director. She received her A.B. with honours from Radcliffe College of Harvard University and her Ph. D. in psychology from Duke University. She is currently Associate at the DuBois Institute, and she spent two years as a Fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School, both at Harvard University.
Paula has been a Lecturer at Harvard, teaching Myths of Motherhood; Girls’ and Women’s Psychological Development over the Lifespan; and Psychology of Sex and Gender. 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, where she also headed the School Psychology and Community Psychology programs, and former Lecturer in Women’s Studies and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Paula is the author of 11 books, including: They Say You’re Crazy: How the World’s Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who’s Normal, and first editor of one Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis, as well as being author of dozens of book chapters and articles in scholarly journals, as well as of numerous articles and essays in popular publications. Her most recent book, When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, won three top U.S. awards for nonfiction and is based on a nonpathologizing way of understanding the deeply human reactions to war and to military rape that are too often harmfully classified as mental illnesses, and she presents a nonpathologizing, simple, and powerfully effective approach to helping suffering veterans.
Paul Caplan has given hundreds of invited addresses and invited workshops and done more than 1,000 media interviews. She is Producer of the documentary film, “Is Anybody Listening?” (based on her book about veterans) which won Award of Exceptional Merit in Depth of Field International Film Festival; an Award of Excellence for Editing and Awards of Exceptional Merit for the Film and for the Research in the Docs Without Borders Film Festival; and Award of Excellence in the WRPN Short, Tight, and Loose Festival. She received a Bronze Telly Award for her “Listen to a Veteran!” Public Service Announcement series.