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About Kaethe Weingarten

Kaethe Weingarten, Ph.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge. She is founder and director of The Witnessing Project, a nonprofit organization that consults to individuals, families, and communities locally, nationally, and internationally to transform toxic witnessing of violence and violation to active compassionate witnessing with others. She currently consults at Cambridge Health Alliance. 

Dr. Weingarten graduated from Smith College with a distinction and received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in three years. She has worked as a psychotherapist and family therapist for over thirty years. She has worked in Kosovo and South Africa for the last several years, addressing issues of community-wide trauma. In addition to her clinical and consulting work, she lectures widely here and abroad, and has just completed a visiting lectureship in New Zealand.

Earlier, Dr. Weingarten directed the family therapy training program at Children's Hospital and Judge Baker Children's Center from 1979-1986 and was Clinical Director of the Trauma Evaluation and Treatment Team based at Judge Baker Children's Center, from 1987-1999. 

She has appeared on "Good Morning America" and other programs, and her work has been recognized by The New York Times and The Boston Globe, and by a number of professional honors. Most recently, she was awarded the 2002 Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice of the American Family Therapy Academy. In 1997 and 1998 she was honored as a Fellow in Divisions 43 (Family) and 35 (Psychology of Women) respectively of the American Psychological Association, an honor held by fewer than 2% of the membership. In 1995 she was co-recipient of the Psychotherapy with Women Award of Division 35.

Dr. Weingarten has published six previous books, over 20 peer-reviewed articles and 17 book chapters. She served on the board of directors of the American Family Therapy Academy for six years, is currently on the editorial boards of five journals and is also and Co-Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the American Family Therapy Academy.

She is a breast cancer survivor, having survived cancer in 1988, 1993 and 2003, and has written extensively about these experiences.

Dr. Weingarten lives with her husband, Hilary G. Worthen, a physician, in a suburb outside of Boston. They have two adult children