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Paula J. Caplan is an activist, clinical and research
psychologist, nonfiction writer of 12 books, award-winning
playwright, screenwriter, actor, and director. Her books
They Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful
Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal, her insider's
view of the enterprise of creating the manual of psychiatric
diagnosis, and the edited book,
Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis, and her play,
CALL ME CRAZY, is about the same subject, was
produced off-Broadway in New York, and won a national
playwriting award. Her latest book,
When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home:
How All of Us Can Help Veterans, won the 2011
Association of American Publishers'
PROSE Award for best psychology book, and it deals with
the harmful pathologizing of war veterans and what really
does help. She has been a Full Professor of Applied
Psychology at the University of Toronto, a Fellow at Harvard
Kennedy School, and a Lecturer at Harvard University and is
currently an Associate in Harvard's
Institute. Dr. Caplan was born and raised in
Springfield, Missouri, received her A.B. with honors from
Radcliffe College of Harvard University, and received her
M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Duke University. She
has given more than 400 invited addresses and invited
workshops and has done more than 1,000 media interviews as
part of her work in public education and activism.
Paula J. (2004). For anguished vets: The listening
cure. Washington Post. September 5, 2004, (Outlook
section, page 2).
Reprinted in Newsletter of the National Military
Reprinted in The Officer, magazine of the Reserve
Paula J. (2004). Review of Rethinking Mental Health
and Disorder (Mary Ballou & Laura Brown (Eds.) In
Contemporary Psychology 49(6), 794-97.
Paula J. (2006). Ambiguity, powerlessness, and the
psychologizing of trauma: How backlash affects work
with trauma survivors. The Journal of Trauma
Paula J. (2004). The debate about PMDD and Sarafem:
Suggestions for therapists. Women and Therapy
27(3/4), 55-67. Special issue, simultaneously
published as a book, From Menarche to Menopause: The
Female Body in Feminist Therapy (Joan Chrisler,
Joan, & Caplan, Paula J. (2002). The strange case of
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde: How PMS became a cultural
phenomenon and a psychiatric disorder. Annual Review
of Sex Research 13, 274-306.
Paula J. (2001) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A
first-person story. Women and Therapy special issue
on Minding the Body 23 (1), 23-43.
--Simultaneously published in Minding the Body:
Psychotherapy in Cases of Chronic and
Life-Threatening Illness. Ellyn Kaschak (Ed.). New
York: The Haworth Press, pp. 23-43.
Paula J. (1999) Review of Ethics in Psychotherapy
and Counseling: A Practical Guide by Kenneth S. Pope
and Melba J.T. Vasquez. In Women and Therapy 22
(4), 108-110. Ellyn Kaschak (Ed.). New York: The
Haworth Press, 2001, pp. 23-43.
Paula J. (1992). What should we ask about women and
therapy? Canada's Mental Health 40, 25-6 (Health
and Welfare Canada).
Caplan, Paula J. (1992). Gender issues in the
diagnosis of mental disorder. Women and Therapy 12,
Paula J. (1992). Driving us crazy: How oppression
damages women?s mental health and what we can do
about it. Women and Therapy 12, 5-28.
Larkin, June, & Caplan, Paula J. (1992). The
gatekeeping process of the DSM. Canadian Journal of
Community Mental Health/Revue canadienne de sante
mentale communautaire 11, 17-28.
Paula J.; McCurdy-Myers, Joan; & Gans, Maureen.
Should "premenstrual syndrome" be called a
psychiatric abnormality? Feminism and Psychology, 2,
Paula J.; McCurdy-Myers, Joan; & Gans, Maureen.
Reply to Mary Brown Parlee's commentary on PMS and
psychiatric abnormality. Feminism and Psychology, 2,
Paula J., & Gans, Maureen. Is there empirical
justification for the category of "Self-defeating
Personality Disorder"? Feminism and Psychology, 1,
Paula J., & Larkin, June. The anatomy of dominance
and self-protection. American Psychologist, 46(5),
Kaye-Lee, & Caplan, Paula J. Delusional dominating
personality disorder: A modest proposal for
identifying some consequences of rigid masculine
socialization. Canadian Psychology, 32(2), 1991,
Kaye-Lee, & Caplan, Paula J. Response to
commentators. Canadian Psychology, 32(2), 1991, 161.
Paula J. How do they decide who is normal? The
bizarre, but true, tale of the DSM process.
Canadian Psychology, 32(2), 1991, 162-170.
Caplan, Paula J. Response to the DSM wizard.
Canadian Psychology, 32(2), 1991, 174-175.
Paula J. Delusional Dominating Personality Disorder
(DDPD). Feminism & Psychology, 1(1), 1991, 171-174.
Paula J., & Wilson, Jeffery. Assessing the child
custody assessors. Reports of Family Law, Third
Series, 27(2), October 25, 1990, 121-134.
Paula J. The psychiatric association's failure to
meet its own standards: The dangers of
"self-defeating personality disorder" as a
category. Journal of Personality Disorders, 1(2),
Summer, 1987, 178-182.
Paula J., & Hall-McCorquodale, Ian. Mother-blaming
in major clinical journals. American Journal of
Orthopsychiatry, 55, 1985, 345-353.
Paula J. & Hall-McCorquodale, Ian. The scapegoating
of mothers: A call for change. American Journal of
Orthopsychiatry, 55, 1985, 610-613.
Caplan, Paula J. The myth of women's masochism.
American Psychologist, 39(2), 1984, 130-139.
Paula J., & Newman, Frances. Juvenile female
prostitution as gender-consistent response to early
deprivation, International Journal of Women's
Studies, 5, 1982, 128-137.
Paula J. Sex, age, behavior, and subject as
determinants of report of learning problems. Journal
of Learning Disabilities, 10, 1977, 314-316.