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NOLEN-HOEKSEMA--Susan. Yale psychologist Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, age 53, of Bethany, CT passed away on January 2, in Yale - New Haven Hospital. Chair of Yale's Department of Psychology, she was a renowned scholar, teacher, mentor, and academic leader. Prof. Nolen-Hoeksema was born in Springfield, IL, on May 22, 1959, to John and Catherine (nee Sims) Nolen. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Yale (1982) and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania (1986). She was a faculty member at Stanford University (1986-1995) and the University of Michigan (1995-2004) before returning to Yale in 2004. She is survived by her husband Richard, and son, Michael; by her father John Nolen of Stonington, Illinois; and by her brothers Jeff Nolen of Stonington, Illinois, and Steve Nolen of Dundee, Illinois. Prof. Nolen-Hoeksema shaped the field's perspective on depression in women and girls. Her innovative work on gender differences in depression included a 1987 theoretical evaluation of why women are more likely to develop depression than men. Countless empirical studies and many other theoretical contributions followed as she developed her theory of rumination and depression. In addition to her scholarly and scientific accomplishments, she was a good friend to many in and outside the field. She was vibrant and approached her life and work with enthusiasm and joy. A memorial service for Professor Nolen-Hoeksema will be held Friday, January 11, at 1:30pm at the United Church on the Green, corner of Temple and Elm Streets, New Haven, CT. Services are in care of Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. For further information or to send a condolence to her family please see:

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 9, 2013
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