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The one hundred honoree: Harriet Berman, PhD

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The one hundred honoree: Harriet Berman, PhD

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Harriet Berman, PhD, was executive vice president for clinical programs at the Wellness Community — Greater Boston, which for more than 15 years provided free support and educational programs to people with cancer and their loved ones. Its professionally led support groups, nutrition and exercise workshops and mind/body classes helped participants meet the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer.

Harriet’s own experience as a young mother diagnosed with breast cancer has influenced her work, which empowers individuals and families to cope with illness and grief and renew their lives. A licensed clinical psychologist who has practiced for more than three decades, Harriet is also a professor at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

Although the Wellness Community closed in 2009, Harriet and some of her colleagues continue to counsel and educate cancer patients and their families at no charge through the nonprofit organization Facing Cancer Together.