Psychology and business writer Susan Pinker to visit as Poynter Fellow

Susan Pinker, columnist for the Globe & Mail and radio columnist on CBC, will speak at Yale on Thursday Feb. 12 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Susan Pinker

Pinker will be a guest at a master’s tea in the Branford College master’s house, 80 High St., at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Pinker was educated at McGill University and the University of Waterloo. She spent 25 years in clinical practice and teaching psychology, first at Dawson College and later at McGill University.

Currently she uses her developmental psychology background to educate the public, writing about social science for the daily press. Her columns “Problem Solving” and “The Business Brain,” on neuroscience and behavioral economics of the business world, appeared weekly in The Globe and Mail 2002-2012. Additionally, her radio columns air monthly on the CBC.  Pinker also writes opinions and feature articles on psychology, public policy, education, and business for the international press.

Her writing has received numerous awards. Her first book, “The Sexual Paradox,” was awarded The William James Book Award by the American Psychological Association in 2009. She has also been honored by the Canadian Medical Association in 2000, the Periodical Writing Association of Canada in 2002 and 2010, and the International Society for Intelligence Research in 2014. She was also nominated for the John Alexander Media Award in 2000, the Aventis Pasteur Medal for Excellence in Health Research Journalism in 1999, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2007, and the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction in 2009.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Janet Mock, Seymour Hersh, and Jennifer Homans.