Title: Consultant (Retired)
Company: Psychological Services of Albuquerque
Location: Los Ranchos, New Mexico, United States
Paula Amar Schwartz, PhD, Retired Consultant at Psychological Services of Albuquerque, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology.
Dr. Schwartz commenced her career as a student at Antioch College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1956. Soon thereafter, she completed postgraduate coursework at the University of New Mexico, where she met George Peterson, the chair of the psychology department. Inspired to delve into psychophysiology and biofeedback, she attended the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, where she obtained a Master of Science in 1970 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1972. While taking classes at the University of New Mexico, she served as a psychotherapist at Albuquerque Child Guidance from 1959 to 1962. Thereafter, she served in the same capacity at the Devereux Foundation in Pennsylvania from 1962 to 1969. After obtaining her doctoral degree, she acted as an assistant professor at the Sydney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University from 1972 to 1978, while simultaneously serving as a program administrator at Jefferson Community Mental Health from 1973 to 1979. From 1979 to 1991, she was the director of Ambler Psychological Services, having concluded her career as a consultant for Psychological Services of Albuquerque from 1991 to 2001.
A licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and New Mexico, Dr. Schwartz is a diplomate of the American Board of Administrative Psychology. During her tenure in psychological services, she served as the editor of the Biofeedback Society of America’s “Clinical Notes” from 1981 to 1985. After her retirement, she authored poetry books such as “Beyond Time and Space” in 2008 and “Unfolding Universe” in 2013. She has also contributed articles to professional journals and served as the producer for the 2018 movie “Challah Rising in the Desert,” a film about the Jewish community in New Mexico. In addition, she was previously invited by the Israeli government to travel to Israel in 1991 to teach children how to use gas masks, which she cites as a career highlight.
A fellow of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists and the American Association for Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Dr. Schwartz has garnered several accolades throughout her career. The recipient of a Lifetime Community Service Award from the Jewish Community Center of New Mexico in 2016, she previously received the Alumnae Citation Award from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1994. In addition, she was a frequent grantee of the Schweppes Foundation, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the Sydney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Schwartz was further selected for inclusion in the 18th and 26th editions of Who’s Who of American Women and multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.
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