Research Areas

Gender Differences in Achievement Concerns; Sexual Education: Pre-college Experiences; Single Motherhood; Father Absence; Clinical Intervention in Poverty-level Families


Ph.D., Harvard University

M.A., Radcliffe College

B.A., Wellesley College

Phoebe Kazdin Schnitzer

Phoebe Kazdin Schnitzer

Phoebe Kazdin Schnitzer

Phoebe Kazdin Schnitzer is a clinical psychologist with more than 35 years experience working with children and families at the Judge Baker Children’s Center/Boston Children’s Hospital. She served for many years as Family Therapy Program Coordinator and, at the Center’s Manville School, as Director of Clinical Training. Her clinical work with single-parent families led her to explore, publish and speak about the effects and  politics of single mothering and father absence, as well as the impact of poverty on family functioning and on the responses of clinical service providers. Academic teaching has been an important part of her career: at  Wellesley College, M.I.T. and Harvard Graduate School of Education,  she has offered  courses on the family, and on the psychology of gender, the area in which her  current project developed.  For the last 11 years, Dr. Schnitzer has coordinated Special Education services at local Jewish Day school settings. Concurrently, she gathered the data that is the foundation of her WSRC research project, an analysis of gender differences in achievement attitudes, and an examination of the interpretive concepts developed to explain these differences.

Current Projects

For my first project on the Perceived Consequences of Success, I am exploring the connections between achievement concerns and social interactions; for my second project on Student Voices on Sexual Education, I am analyzing data from our recent survey of Brandeis undergraduates. 

Representative Publications

Schnitzer, P.K., “He Needs His Father: the Clinical discourse and politics of single mothering.” In Mothering Against the Odds: Diverse voices of Contemporary Mothers (Eds.) Garcia Coll, Surry and Weingarten, NY:Guilford, 1998:151:172.

Schnitzer, P.K.., “They Don’t Come In: Stories told, lessons taught about poor families in therapy.” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 1996: 66(4):572-582. Invited paper for Special Issue on Welfdate Reform and the Real Lives of Poor Women.