Click to Open Search Bar

Judith Herman

Psychiatrist Studying Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Developer of the Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) Diagnosis

  Categories:
REQUEST BOOKING INFORMATION

 Judith Herman Biography

Judith Lewis Herman was born in 1942 in New York City. She attended Radcliffe College as an undergraduate, and she received her MD from Harvard University in 1968. She completed her residency in psychiatry at the Boston University Medical Center. She has been a professor of psychiatry at Harvard University since 1981, and she has worked as psychiatric director at the Women’s Mental Health Collective in Somerville Massachusetts since 1973.

Herman has spent the majority of her career addressing issues arising from posttraumatic stress and in particular, incest. On the topic of incest, Herman wrote Father-Daughter Incest in collaboration with Lisa Hirschman in 1981. Herman also wrote Trauma and Recovery in 1992. She has received awards for her work, including the American Medical Women’s Association award in 2000, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, the American Psychiatric Association bestowed the title of Distinguished Fellow upon Herman in 2003.

Contributions to Psychology

Herman's best-known contribution to the field is her development of the diagnosis of Complex PTSD. Herman found that victims of prolonged or multiple traumas frequently developed symptoms that were markedly different from those associated with traditional PTSD. The development of Complex PTSD commonly results from a feeling of captivity or powerlessness that lasts for an extended period of time rather than just for the duration of one traumatic event. Victims of sex trafficking, domestic violence survivors, people who have been repeatedly raped or assaulted, prisoners of war, and those who have experienced several different traumas are susceptible to the disorder.

Unlike PTSD, people with Complex PTSD may experience emotional flashbacks. During these moments, a person will re-experience the emotions he or she felt during the original trauma. For example, a woman with a history of abuse may cower in terror while arguing with her husband, even when her husband poses no real threat. People with Complex PTSD often struggle with attachment issues and are terrified of abandonment. This symptom is especially pronounced with children. Difficulty assimilating the experience is also a hallmark. Survivors may not be able to remember elements of the trauma, and may vacillate between loving and hating the perpetrator. A boy who was molested by his mother, for example, may adore his mother one week and then completely sever contact with her the next.

Traditional PTSD treatments are less effective with Complex PTSD. Some researchers have argued that Complex PTSD is a form of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Herman agrees that some symptoms are similar, but points out that the diagnostic criteria for Complex PTSD differ significantly from BPD. While the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) does not currently list Complex PTSD as a diagnosis, many in the mental health community view it as scientifically and clinically valid.

Herman is seen as an expert in the treatment of trauma and is an advocate for victims of traumatic crimes. Herman uses her experience and education to enlighten professional and legal communities and the public to the sensitivity of victims after traumatic events. She has educated family members, counselors, therapists, and other educators on how to interpret the hesitation, denial, and fear expressed by survivors of incest and other abuses. This information has helped clinicians better understand a survivor’s perspective and has paved the way for more empathic communication between professionals and survivors of trauma.

-
Videos
Books
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Judith Herman?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Judith Herman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Judith Herman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Judith Herman or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Judith Herman?

    Booking fees for Judith Herman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Judith Herman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Judith Herman?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Judith Herman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Judith Herman for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Judith Herman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Judith Herman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
Check Availability

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

Users also viewed these speakers:

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

Judith Herman

Psychiatrist Studying Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Developer of the Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) Diagnosis

Travels From:
Massachusetts, USA
Speaking Fee:

Judith Herman Biography

Judith Lewis Herman was born in 1942 in New York City. She attended Radcliffe College as an undergraduate, and she received her MD from Harvard University in 1968. She completed her residency in psychiatry at the Boston University Medical Center. She has been a professor of psychiatry at Harvard University since 1981, and she has worked as psychiatric director at the Women’s Mental Health Collective in Somerville Massachusetts since 1973.

Herman has spent the majority of her career addressing issues arising from posttraumatic stress and in particular, incest. On the topic of incest, Herman wrote Father-Daughter Incest in collaboration with Lisa Hirschman in 1981. Herman also wrote Trauma and Recovery in 1992. She has received awards for her work, including the American Medical Women’s Association award in 2000, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, the American Psychiatric Association bestowed the title of Distinguished Fellow upon Herman in 2003.

Contributions to Psychology

Herman's best-known contribution to the field is her development of the diagnosis of Complex PTSD. Herman found that victims of prolonged or multiple traumas frequently developed symptoms that were markedly different from those associated with traditional PTSD. The development of Complex PTSD commonly results from a feeling of captivity or powerlessness that lasts for an extended period of time rather than just for the duration of one traumatic event. Victims of sex trafficking, domestic violence survivors, people who have been repeatedly raped or assaulted, prisoners of war, and those who have experienced several different traumas are susceptible to the disorder.

Unlike PTSD, people with Complex PTSD may experience emotional flashbacks. During these moments, a person will re-experience the emotions he or she felt during the original trauma. For example, a woman with a history of abuse may cower in terror while arguing with her husband, even when her husband poses no real threat. People with Complex PTSD often struggle with attachment issues and are terrified of abandonment. This symptom is especially pronounced with children. Difficulty assimilating the experience is also a hallmark. Survivors may not be able to remember elements of the trauma, and may vacillate between loving and hating the perpetrator. A boy who was molested by his mother, for example, may adore his mother one week and then completely sever contact with her the next.

Traditional PTSD treatments are less effective with Complex PTSD. Some researchers have argued that Complex PTSD is a form of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Herman agrees that some symptoms are similar, but points out that the diagnostic criteria for Complex PTSD differ significantly from BPD. While the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) does not currently list Complex PTSD as a diagnosis, many in the mental health community view it as scientifically and clinically valid.

Herman is seen as an expert in the treatment of trauma and is an advocate for victims of traumatic crimes. Herman uses her experience and education to enlighten professional and legal communities and the public to the sensitivity of victims after traumatic events. She has educated family members, counselors, therapists, and other educators on how to interpret the hesitation, denial, and fear expressed by survivors of incest and other abuses. This information has helped clinicians better understand a survivor’s perspective and has paved the way for more empathic communication between professionals and survivors of trauma.

Judith Herman Videos

  • #WiseGirl, Dr. Judith Herman: Psychiatrist, Author, Incest & Trauma ...
    In today's #WiseGirl podcast, I have the privilege of interviewing psychiatrist Dr. Judith Herman, incest and trauma expert. During our ...
  • Conversations with History: Judith Herman - YouTube

Judith Herman Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Judith Herman

FAQs on booking Judith Herman

  • How to book Judith Herman?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Judith Herman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Judith Herman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Judith Herman or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Judith Herman?

    Booking fees for Judith Herman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Judith Herman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Judith Herman?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Judith Herman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Judith Herman for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Judith Herman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Judith Herman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Judith Herman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Judith Herman for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Judith Herman generally travels from MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Hector Garcia, Clint Malarchuk, Ty Carter, Tom Voss and Rebecca Brachman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Judith Herman for an upcoming event.

Judith Herman Speaker Videos

  • #WiseGirl, Dr. Judith Herman: Psychiatrist, Author, Incest & Trauma ...
    In today's #WiseGirl podcast, I have the privilege of interviewing psychiatrist Dr. Judith Herman, incest and trauma expert. During our ...
    Conversations with History: Judith Herman - YouTube

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

  • Customized Service

    Our agents find the right fit for your event

  • Unparalleled Database

    Full access to all speakers & celebrities

  • One Stop Shopping

    A reliable and unbiased point of contact

  • Logistics Management

    Your personal Logistics Manager who takes care of all event details

Speakers Similar to Judith Herman

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

TOP