Carolyn Newberger is a clinical and research psychologist, artist, musician, and essayist. Carolyn’s deepest interests have always concerned people and their lives. A long career in psychology reflects these interests, as do her art and writing. Carolyn grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Sarah Lawrence College. She married Eli Newberger in 1962 and worked as a teacher while he attended medical school. In 1967, she and Eli traveled to West Africa with their infant daughter for two years in Burkina Faso (Upper Volta), where Eli was the Peace Corps doctor.
After returning from Africa, Carolyn earned a doctorate in Human Development from Harvard University and trained in clinical psychology at the Judge Baker Children’s Center and Children’s Hospital, which are affiliated with Harvard Medical School. After completing her graduate training, she continued at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital in clinical and academic roles doing research, teaching, and clinical practice. She has written over 35 publications related to child and family development, social policy, and the effects of child maltreatment on children and families. She has received the humanitarian award from the Massachusetts Psychological Association, the career achievement award from Sarah Lawrence College, fellowships from the Danforth Foundation and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, and the Family Legacy Award from Family Service Association of Greater Boston.
In addition to professional and research articles (view Curriculum Vitae), Carolyn Newberger has published book reviews, op.ed. pieces, and essays in the Boston Globe and occasionally other magazines and newspapers. She is currently working on a series of autobiographical stories, and illustrates Eli’s music reviews in The Berkshire Edge, an online newspaper about Berkshire life and culture (view stories here). The baby she took to Africa has grown up and married a wonderful Cameroonian man she met in her own Peace Corps years. They have two beautiful children who are the delight of their grandparents.
Carolyn’s great passion (besides her husband and extended family) is art. In 2003, she discovered that her childhood love for and talent as an artist resides in her still, and she jumped right in. She won her first prize as an artist within a year, and continues to explore new media, deepen her artistic vision, and experiment with ways of capturing the essence of an emotional and visual experience.
On the music side, Carolyn studied flute with Bernard Goldberg, principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Samuel Baron, music director and flutist with the Bach Aria Group in New York. Following her training, she performed professionally in New Haven, Connecticut for five years, substituting with the New Haven Symphony, and even carrying piccolo and lyre with the Governor’s Footguard Band. Although she has continued to play flute avocationally, she picked up her piccolo again in 2006, and has performed flute and piccolo with the Cupcake Philharmonic Orchestra, a chamber ensemble that performs “Tubby the Tuba,” among other modern works. She currently plays jazz washboard with her husband’s band, Eli and the Hot Six. Watch her now on washboard in Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band” at Sculler’s Jazz Club on December 17, 2015.
For Bella English’s article in the Boston Globe on Eli and Carolyn’s life in medicine and music, click here.
In these pages, Carolyn invites you to view her paintings and drawings, to listen to “Tubby the Tuba” with the Cupcake Philharmonic Orchestra and to her performances with Eli and the Hot Six, to sample writings on her research and clinical insights into the lives of children and families, and to enjoy her essays and personal memoirs on life’s curveballs and complexities.
For a link to Eli Newberger’s website click here.