Roni Beth Tower grew up in Akron, Ohio, majored in religion at Barnard College, and earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Yale University. After working at Silver Hill Foundation, she opened a private practice in Westport, Connecticut; taught psychology courses and supervised graduate students’ clinical work at Yale; earned Diplomate status from the American Board of Professional Psychology; and became a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology. She completed a three-year National Institute on Aging post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale Medical School, where she remained a Research Affiliate for another ten years, studying closeness in older married couples. Later, she taught clinical psychology to graduate students at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her signature course was Psychology of Human Intimacy.
She was president of the American Association for the Study of Mental Imagery and a board member of Connecticut Psychological Association, published seventeen articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, six book chapters, three entries in Blackwell’s The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychology, work for hire in three books edited by Mark Levine and Stephen Pollan, and one book review. During her career as a psychologist, she was interviewed for popular publications, including Glamour, Family Circle, Seventeen, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Yale Alumni Magazine, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and media, including local cable television, KGL (the ABC affiliate in San Francisco), CKNW in Vancouver, CBS affiliate WCCO in Minneapolis, Wisdomradio.com, Seoul Broadcasting System’s documentary on “Secrets of Longevity” and NPR. Dr. Tower’s research has been featured in USA Today, Canada’s The National Post, Yale Alumni Magazine, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Denver Post, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Reuters Health, Smartmarriages.com, and Germany’s Lifestylesite.de, among others. She has presented her work at over thirty national and international conferences, led many workshops, and given dozens of invited talks. Miracle at Midlife is her first memoir.
She chairs the Yale Graduate School Alumni Fund, has served eight terms on the Yale Alumni Fund Board, is a Disaster Mental Health volunteer for the American Red Cross, and serves on the Surrogate Decision Making Committee of the State of New York Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. She and her husband, David, live in Tarrytown, New York, within easy visiting distance of their six grandchildren. She loves Paris, yoga, dance, quilting, and bringing comfort and joy to people. In addition to her blog on this site, Love is Real, Roni Beth blogs regularly at “Life, Refracted” on PsychologyToday.com.