Famous Female Psychiatrists People

Famous Female Psychiatrists

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List of famous female psychiatrists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female psychiatrists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being psychiatrists. There are thousand of females working as psychiatrists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic psychiatrists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a psychiatrist then the people below should give you inspiration.

People here include everyone from Margaret Mahler to May E. Romm.

While this isn't a list of all female psychiatrists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female psychiatrists?" and "Who are the best female psychiatrists?"


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    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-American psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying, where she first discussed her theory of the five stages of grief. She was a 2007 inductee into the American National Women's Hall of Fame. She was the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1926-2004)
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Author
    • Credits: Facing Death: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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    Kay Redfield Jamison is an American clinical psychologist and writer. Her work has centered on bipolar disorder, which she has had since her early adulthood. She holds a post of Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is an Honorary Professor of English at the ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Professor, Psychologist, Author
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    Judith Orloff is an American board-certified psychiatrist who incorporates energy medicine and what she calls "energy psychiatry" into her practice. She has a private practice in Los Angeles. She holds workshops and speaking engagements, blogs for several websites, and is the author of four books.more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Author, Writer
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    Louann Brizendine M.D. is an American scientist, a neuropsychiatrist who is both a researcher and a clinician. She is the author of two books: The Female Brain, and The Male Brain. Brizendine's research concerns women's moods and hormones. She graduated in neurobiology from UC Berkeley, attended Yale ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Neurologist, Author, Physician
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    Nawal El Saadawi
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    Nawal El Saadawi is an Egyptian Muslim feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist. She has written many books on the subject of women in Islam, paying particular attention to the practice of female genital mutilation in her society. She is founder and president of the Arab Women's Solidarity ...more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: DVD Region 2, Middle East, Egypt, Arab world
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Author, Physician, Writer, Teacher
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    Margaret Schönberger Mahler was a Hungarian physician, who later became interested in psychiatry. She was a central figure on the world stage of psychoanalysis. Her main interest was in normal childhood development, but she spent much of her time with psychiatric children and how they arrive at the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1897-1985)
    • Birthplace: Sopron, Hungary
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst
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    Gloria Johnson-Powell, MD is a child psychiatrist who is also an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement and was one of the first African-American women to attain tenure at Harvard Medical School.more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Professor, Author, Physician
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    Wafa Sultan
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    Wafa Sultan is a medical doctor who trained as a psychiatrist in Syria, and a U.S. author and critic of Muslim society and Islam.more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Baniyas, Syria
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Writer
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    Marie Nyswander was an American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst known for developing and popularizing the use of methadone to treat heroin addiction.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1919-1986)
    • Birthplace: Reno, Nevada, United States of America
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst
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    Carole Lieberman M.D. of Beverly Hills, California was born and raised in New York City. Lieberman received her Medical Degree from Belgium's Université catholique de Louvain and received her psychiatric residency training at New York University, Bellevue, where she was Chief Resident. She also studied ...more

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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Psychiatrist
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    Dorothy Otnow Lewis is an American psychiatrist and author who has been an expert witness at a number of high-profile cases. She specializes in the study of violent individuals and people with Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. Lewis has worked with death ...more

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    • Profession: Psychiatrist
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    Frances Cress Welsing
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    Frances Cress Welsing, is an afrocentrist fringe psychiatrist who with her 1970 essay: the Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism, offered her interpretation on the origins of white supremacy culture in Washington, D.C. She is the author of The Isis Papers; The Keys to the Colors, in which she ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Writer
    • Credits: 500 Years Later
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    Kinga Göncz
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    Kinga Göncz is a Hungarian academic and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary between 2006 and 2009. In 2009 she headed the Hungarian Socialist Party European election list and was subsequently elected as one of 22 Hungarian Members of the European Parliament.more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Politician
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    Jean G. Spaulding M.D. has been Private practice in Psychiatry for children, adolescents and adults since 1977. Dr. Spaulding has served on the Board of Directors of Cardinal Health since 2002.more

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    • Profession: Psychiatrist
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    Ruchama Marton

    Ruchama Marton
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    Ruchama Marton is an Israeli psychotherapist, psychiatrist, and feminist, and the founder of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Human rights activist
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    Anne Love Smith

    Anne Love Smith was a psychologist and social worker.more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1940-2009)
    • Birthplace: Greenock, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Psychologist, Social Worker
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    Gail Saltz

    Dr. Gail Saltz is an American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, columnist, bestselling author and television commentator. The sister of Nobel Prizing winning astrophysicist Adam Riess,Dr. Saltz graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and served her internship and residency in Internal ...more

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    • Profession: Psychiatrist, Author
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    Sally Satel

    Sally Satel, is an American psychiatrist based in Washington, D.C. She is a lecturer at Yale University School of Medicine, the W.H. Brady Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and author. Satel has written: P.C. M.D.: How Political Correctness is Corrupting Medicine and Drug Treatment: The Case ...more

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    • Profession: Psychiatrist
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    Fiona Caldicott

    Dame Fiona Caldicott DBE FRCP FRCPI FRCGP FMedSci is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and, previously, Principal of Somerville College, Oxford. She was a Pro Vice-Chancellor, Personnel and Equal Opportunities, of the University of Oxford and chaired its Personnel Committee. She is Chair of the Oxford ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Profession: Psychiatrist
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    Eva Ritvo

    Eva Ritvo is an American television and radio personality, author, and psychiatrist most noted for her work on women's empowerment issues and self-help books. She is an internationally known expert practicing in Miami Beach, Florida. In private medical practice, she has more than a twenty-year career in ...more

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    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Psychiatrist
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