(1928 - )
Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a Psychosexual Therapist who
helped pioneer the field of Media Psychology with her radio program
"Sexually Speaking" which began in September, 1980 as a 15-minute
taped show that aired in New York. Today "Sexually Speaking" can
be heard across the country and is part of a communications network that
distributes Dr. Westheimer's expertise via television, books (she has
written four), newspapers, games, home video and computer software.
Born in Germany in 1928, Dr. Westheimer was sent to a
school in Switzerland at the age of 10 which became an orphanage for most
of the German/Jewish students sent there. At 16 she went to Israel where
she fought for that country's independence as member of the Haganah. She then moved to Paris
where she studied psychology at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten.
She immigrated to the U.S. in 1956 where she obtained
her Masters degree in Sociology and her Ph.D. in Education from Columbia
University. She studied human sexuality with Dr. Helen Singer-Kaplan at New
York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center.
Dr. Westheimer is a pioneer in spreading what she has
labeled "sexual literacy." She has been twice named "College
Lecturer of the Year." Her television show aired on Lifetime "The
Dr. Ruth Show" has been syndicated nationally and internationally. The
National Mother's Day Committee has honored Dr. Ruth as "Mother of the
Year." Dr. Westheimer has two children and resides with her husband in
New York City.
Sources: Women's International