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Lauretta Bender - The Bender-Gestalt Test

bellevue york psychiatrist major

Psychiatrist, born in Butte, Montana, USA. She received her MD from the State University of Iowa in 1926. A senior psychiatrist at New York City's Bellevue Hospital (1930–56), she did important research in childhood schizophrenia and brain injury, and devised the Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test. In 1936 she married her colleague Paul F Schilder, a highly regarded psychoanalyst who had practised in Vienna. From 1956 she was principal research scientist at three major New York State mental health facilities. Her Bellevue Studies series (4 vols, 1952–5) was a major contribution to the literature on child psychology.

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