B.A., Tufts University; M.A., Boston University; Ph.D., Brandeis University
SCI 145 & SCI 482
Sheila P. Brachfeld-ChildSenior Lecturer emerita in Psychology
Interested in peer interactions in adolescence with a focus on social aggression, especially the representation of social aggression on television and in the movies. Teaches Adolescence and Introduction to Psychology. Has been Director of Medical Professions Advising since 1998.
I joined the faculty of the Psychology Department at Wellesley College in 1981. I came to Wellesley from Brandeis University where I received a Ph.D. in Psychology, concentrating in Developmental Psychology. Initially I studied infant social development, looking at mothers and fathers interacting with their infants. Taking advantage of the research opportunities here at Wellesley offered by the Child Study Center, I looked at friendship among preschool children, comparing friends and acquaintances in a variety of situations. More recently, I have become interested in peer interactions in adolescence with a focus on social aggression. I have supervised students’ explorations of the representation of social aggression on television and in the movies. I teach Adolescence and Introduction to Psychology. In addition, since 1998, I have been Director of Medical Professions Advising for the college, dividing my time between teaching and advising/administration.