Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who helped pioneer the field of Media Psychology with her radio program “Sexually Speaking” which began in September, 1980 as a 15 minute taped show that aired in New York.
Today, “Sexually Speaking” can be heard across the country and is part of a communications network that distributes Dr. Ruth Westheimer‘s expertise via television, books, newspapers, games, home video and computer software.
Born in Germany in 1928, Dr. Ruth Westheimer was sent to a school in Switzerland at the age of 10 which became an orphanage for most of the German-Jewish students sent there. At 16 she went to Israel where she fought for that country’s independence as member of the Haganah. She then moved to Paris where she studied psychology at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten.
Ruth Westheimer immigrated to the U.S. in 1956 where she obtained her Masters degree in Sociology and her Ph.D. in Education from Columbia University. She studied human sexuality with Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan at New York Hospital Cornell University Medical Center.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a pioneer in spreading what she has labeled “sexual literacy.” She has been twice named “College Lecturer of the Year.” Her television program, “The Dr. Ruth Show,” aired on Lifetime has been syndicated nationally and internationally. The National Mother’s Day Committee has honored Dr. Westheimer as “Mother of the Year.”
Dr. Ruth Westheimer has two children and resides with her husband in New York City.