Title: Educator (Retired), Clinical Psychologist (Retired)
Location: Oakland, California, United States
Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, Retired Educator and Clinical Psychologist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology education.
Determined to use her intelligence and skills to give back to her community, Dr. Gibbs decided to pursue social work and psychology while she was still in high school. People would come to her with their problems and she loved being able to help them, so the career seemed a natural choice. Dr. Gibbs proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College in 1955, joining the University of California, Berkeley for a Master of Social Work in 1970 and a PhD in 1970. She furthered her education with a certificate in business administration from the Harvard-Radcliffe Program, a psychology license and a community college teaching credential from the state of California, and a fellowship at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. From 2001 to 2002, Dr. Gibbs served as a visiting fellow at the Research Institute of the Center for Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity at Stanford University. She attributes much of her professional success to these academic endeavors, as well as to her supportive parents, spouse, and mentors.
Over the years, Dr. Gibbs used her background to thrive in her positions as a clinical social worker and research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and assistant professor, associate professor, Zellerbach professor of social policy, and chair at Berkeley Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. She also had a private clinical psychology practice from 1983 to 1986. In her spare time, Dr. Gibbs served her community as a trustee of Radcliffe College, a co-chair of the Minnesota Women’s Committee on Civil Rights, an advisory council member of the National Center for Child Poverty, and the vice president of the board of directors of the Museum of the African Diaspora. Her experiences led her to author “Destiny’s Child: Memoirs of a Preacher’s Daughter,” and coauthor “Preserving Privilege: California Propositions Politics, and People of Color.”
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