Title: Former Executive Director
Company: False Memory Syndrome Foundation
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Pamela Parker Freyd, PhD, Former Executive Director of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in cognitive science.
With more than 35 years of professional experience, Dr. Freyd was the executive director of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation from 1992 to 2019. Prior to obtaining this role, she was the director of PENNlincs at the University of Pennsylvania from 1989 to 1993, also serving as a research associate at the school’s Institute of Research in Cognitive Science from 1990 to 1993. Earlier in her career, Dr. Freyd was the coordinator and lecturer on computer education with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education from 1986 to 1989, where she was previously an instructor from 1982 to 1985.
Dr. Freyd was inspired to pursue a career in the field in the 1960s when she was witness to riots in the Philadelphia area. She took notice of the disparities between different schools in the area and found that she could help make a difference in shrinking the gap. Dr. Freyd first pursued an education at New York University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1961. She then joined the University of Pennsylvania, completing a Master of Science in 1968. She continued her studies at the school, earning a PhD in 1981.
A respected voice in her areas of interest, Dr. Freyd has been affiliated with a number of organizations in her community. The president of the Friends of the Philadelphia City Institute Library, she has served on the boards of the Friends Center City Retirement Community and the Institute for Experimental Psychiatry. Dr. Freyd is a fundraiser for her local library, and has been an organizer for the Friends of the Cordisons Institute of Music for the Diocese Community and the Friends of the City.
Throughout her career, Dr. Freyd has been recognized for her contributions. She is a grantee of the Philadelphia Board of Education, the Philadelphia Alliance for Teaching Humanities, the Philadelphia Renaissance in Science and Mathematics, Rohm and Haas, Merck Sharp and Dohme, the Literacy Research Center, the Graduate School of Education Research, the National Council of Teacher of English Research Foundation, the Cognitive Science Institute of the University of Pennsylvania and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Freyd has been featured in numerous honors publications, including Who’s Who of American Women.
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