Pamela Hirsch

Pamela Hirsch

Professional Details

Title: Visiting Lecturer
Office: None
Phone: None

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1472 01 PSY211 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
2300 02 PSY211 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
2301 03 PSY211 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Professional Biography

Post Doctoral Training, Brandeis University Psychological Counseling Center

Ph. D., Psychology, Suffolk University

M. A., Psychology, Suffolk University

Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

M. S., Social Work, Columbia University

B. A., Sociology/Anthropology, Long Island University 

Professional Interests

Research Interests:

My research in the area of cognitive development focuses on spatial cognition, developmental variability, and mental imagery.

My other research examines socially extended mind processes, particularly as they apply to complex grief. 

Clinical Interests:

Although I have extensive experience treating multiple difficulties that can arise in the lives of people between the ages of 3- and 83-years-old, my current interests are primarily in two areas:  counseling of college students and problems of prolonged grief.

Selected Publications

Hirsch, P.L. & Sandberg, E.H. (2015). Microdevelopment of complex featural and spatial integration with contextual support. Child Development Research, 902584, doi:10.1155/2015/902584.

Hirsch, P.L. & Sandberg, E.H. (2013). Development of map construction skills in childhood. Journal of Cognition and Development, 14, 397-423.

Hirsch, P. (in preparation). Mind and mourning: The primacy of "We" in complex persistent grief.

Selected Presentations

Children's Representation of Interval Space is Moderated by Object Arrangement and Age, 2011, Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC

Enhanced Vantage Point Benefits Children's Ability to Preserve Spatial Relations in Aerial Maps, 2011, Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada

Third Graders are Better than First Graders in Mapping Aerial Views, 2010, Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA

Developmental Variability in Spatial Decision Making Tasks, 2007, Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA

An In-Depth Examination of a Case of Complicated Grief, 2001, STRATTUS Mental Health Center, Dedham, MA

Helping with Grief in a School System, 1998, Waltham Public Schools, Waltham, MA

Alone in Your Own Home: When Grief Persists, 1997, BGSP, Brookline, MA