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Educational History

  • LHD, Lesley University
  • LHD, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • MA. University of Chicago
  • BA. Harvard University


A sociologist and licensed clinical psychologist, Thomas J. Cottle is Professor of Education at Boston University. He received his BA degree from Harvard University, his MA and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Chicago, and an LHD degree from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. He did post-doctorate clinical training at The Children’s Hospital, Boston and Tavistock Clinic and Anna Freud Clinic in London, and has held faculty positions at Harvard University, MIT., Boston College, Amherst College, Wesleyan University, Columbia College in Chicago, and a research position with The Children’s Defense Fund. In addition, he has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois. Among his honors are: A Young Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association; Guggenheim Fellowship; Fellowship from the Field Foundation; Pioneer Fellowship; Educational Press Association Writers Award; National Television Broadcast Executives Award; Psychological Association Award; Gabriel Award; Parents Choice Magazine Award; DeRose/Hinkhouse Award of Merit from the Associated Church Press; Career Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Psychological Association. Professor Cottle is the author of thirty books and more than five hundred and fifty articles, essays and reviews. His new book, Drawing Life, will be published in 2013.

Selected Publications

  • Cottle, T. J.  (2004).  When the Music Stopped: Discovering My Mother.  Albany, NY : State University of New York Press.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (2003).  A Sense of Self: The Work of Affirmation.  Amherst, MA : University of Massachusetts Press.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (2003).  Beyond Self Esteem: Narratives of Self-Knowledge and Devotion.  New York, NY : Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (2002).  Intimate Appraisals: Social Writings of Thomas J. Cottle.  Hanover, NH : University Press of New England.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (2001).  Hardest Times: The Trauma of Long Term Unemployment.  Connecticut : Praeger.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (2001).  Mind Fields: Adolescent Consciousness in a Culture of distraction.  New York, NY : Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (2001).  At Peril: Stories of Injustice.  Amherst, MA : University of Massachusetts Press.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1981).  Like Fathers, Like Sons.  Norwood, NJ : Ablex Publishing.
  • Cottle, T. J. , Cathy Stein Greenblat  (1980).  Getting Married: a New Look at an Old Tradition.  New York, NY : McGraw Hill.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1980).  Children’s Secrets.  New York, NY : Doubleday.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1980).  Black Testimony: Voices of Britain’s West Indians.  Philadelphia, PA : Temple University Press.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1980).  Hidden Survivors: Portraits of Poor Jews in America.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ : Prentice Hall.
  • Cottle, T. J. , Phillip Whitten  (1979).  Psychotherapy: Current Perspectives.  New York, NY : Franklin Watts.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1977).  Private Lives and Public Accounts.  Amherst, MA : University of Massachusetts Press.
  • Cottle, T. J. , Phillip Whitten  (1977).  Human Adjustment.  San Francisco, CA : Canfield Press.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1977).  Children in Jail.  Boston, MA : Beacon Press.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1977).  College: Reward and Betrayal.  Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1977).  Adolescent Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives.  New York, NY : Harper & Row.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1976).  Barred from School.  Washington, DC : New Republic Book Company.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1976).  Busing.  Boston, MA : Beacon Press.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1976).  Perceiving Time: An Investigation with Men and Women.  New York, NY : Wiley.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1974).  Black Children, White Dreams.  Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1974).  A Family Album: Portraits of Intimacy and Kinship.  New York, NY : Harper & Row.
  • Cottle, T. J. , Stephen L. Klineberg  (1974).  The Present of Things Future: Explorations of Time Human in Experience.  New York, NY : The Free Press.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1973).  The Voices of School: Educational Issues through Personal Accounts.  Boston, MA : Little, Brown.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1973).  The Abandoners: Portraits of Loss, Separation and Neglect.  Boston, MA : Little, Brown.
  • Cottle, T. J. , Craig Eisendrath and Lawrence Fink  (1972).  Out of Discontent: Visions of the Contemporary University.  Cambridge, MA : Schenkman Publishing.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1972).  The Prospect of Youth: Contexts for Sociological Inquiry.  Boston, MA : Little, Brown.
  • Cottle, T. J.  (1971).  Time’s Children: Impressions of Youth.  Boston, MA : Little, Brown.

Selected Articles

Selected Professional Memberships

American Sociological Association; American Psychological Association; American Orthopsychiatric Association; American Psychological Society; Eastern Sociological Society; Fellow, Massachusetts Psychological Association

Selected Awards/Honors/Special Recognition

Fellow, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois; Guggenheim Fellowship; Pioneer Women Award, Boston, MA; Award, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Boston, MA; Award, Hadassah, Boston, MA; Award, National Head Injury Foundation; Award, B’Nai B’Rith Women, Boston; Award, Muscular Dystrophy Association; Friends of Families Award; DeRose/Hinkhouse Award of Merit in Editorial Writing, Associated Church Press; Award, Massachusetts Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Boston; Career Contribution Award. Massachusetts Psychological Association; CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book Award, A Sense of Self: The Work of Affirmation; Annual Non Fiction Award, ANTIOCH REVIEW, 2004.

Selected Community Service

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Boston, MA; Advisory Editor, URBAN EDUCATION; Advisory Editor, SCHOOLS; Member, Authors Guild; Member, P.E.N.; Member, AFTRA; Member, National Society of Literature and the Arts; Member, National Society for Study of Education; Trustee, New Perspectives School; Board Member, Joey Fournier Victim Services, Inc.; Board Member, American Cancer Society, Massachusetts Chapter; Board Member, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

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