Paula Joan Caplan

Awardwinning Nonfiction Author & Playwright - Scholar - Advocate/activist - Speaker - Actor

Please join me on February 26 for the Portland, Oregon, premiere of our film about veterans and nonveterans, "Is Anybody Listening?"(description below). Audience response at our first three screenings -- hosted by CalHumanities, Minnesota Humanities Center, and Sumner Jules Glimcher at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences -- has been warm and enthusiastic far beyond what we had hoped for. Please forward this to anyone else you think might find it of interest.

Here is the information:

Join the
Returning Veterans Project
At a Screening Of:
“Is Anybody Listening?”
A New Documentary by Dr. Paula Caplan
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Tabor Space
5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97215

Doors Open @​5:30 pm
Film begins at 6:00 pm

Followed by Q&A, Workshop
7:15 pm to 8:30 pm

Suggested Donation at the Door: $10.00

No one turned away who can’t pay

Dr. Caplan’s documentary will take us on her journey to bridge what has been called an “epidemic of disconnection” between civilians and Veterans.

After the film,Dr. Caplan will host a 15-minute Q&A session and then an hour-long workshop on: What Veterans want and how community members can learn to listen to their stories, participate in their various struggles and gain a deeper awareness of the meaning of war, the realities of military life and how it is to return home.

Dr. Paula J. Caplan is a clinical and research psychologist, an author and playwright. Her book, ‘When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can help Veterans,’ won three national awards for nonfiction. She has taught and lectured at Harvard University and the University of Toronto and was a Fellow at the, Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government. She currently serves as an Associate at the Dubois Institute at Harvard University.

For more information about this event please contact
Returning Veterans Project
Sponsored by: AGC Oregon
Columbia Chapter Foundation

Paula J. Caplan is a clinical and research psychologist, author of books and plays, playwright, actor, director, and activist.


“…thoroughly entertaining… Careening from gut-wrenching seriousness to vaudeville-style antics… ingenious interchange of a dramatic play with comic sketches and musical numbers gives both satiric and somber force.”
The Off-Off-Broadway Review
“Bold, vibrant, funny, and disturbing…leaps to life…a richly provocative theatrical experience, entertaining, enlightening and profoundly disturbing all at once.”
New Bedford Standard-Times

“Penetrating drama”
The Off-Off-Broadway Review

“The play truly shines. All of these characters carry with them hidden insecurities, wants, needs, and inner demons that emotionally bubble under the surface from the very start, while at the same time keeping the charm and sense of humor that we all share only with our closest loved ones. Exudes family love and harmony in the midst of tragedy and pain.”
Life in LA
“fully formed…skillfully constructed play unfolds compellingly, its low-key suspense piquing our interest as we grow curious about what the characters are withholding from us — much as in life off-stage…. Caplan has a knack for particularizing that documentary vividness.”
Providence Phoenix

“Riveting… poignant and touching…a pulsating inner life.”
The Off-Off-Broadway Review
“…the night’s most riveting drama…. a whirlwind of anxiety, camararderie, and tragedy, an astonishingly complete emotional roller coaster for such a short production.”

AWARDS for When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans (MIT Press)
-Groundbreaking Book of the Month, Independent Publishers' IPPY Awards
-Best Psychology book of 2011, Association of American Publishers' PROSE Awards
-Silver Medal for Psychology/​Mental Health category, 2011, Independent Publishers

Psychology Today as Paula Joan Caplan
and at​blog.html

OTHER WEBSITES: (includes interviews, articles)

D I S C L A I M E R -- Paula Joan Caplan supports some things in the mental health system, but she has also raised questions about some problems in that system; as a result of the latter, some people have mistakenly concluded that she is a member or supporter of the Church of Scientology and/​or its "Citizens Commission on Human Rights," but nothing could be further from the truth. She has made substantial efforts to persuade all groups that mischaracterize her work or that in various ways imply erroneously and misleadingly that she is one of their affiliates or supporters to cease and desist from doing so. Her work on mental health has been done as an independent practitioner and social and political activist.

Selected Books (selected articles on home page; full nonfiction publication list in curriculum vitae)

Relationships, Psychology, Self-Help
"Wise, compassionate, utterly persuasive, completely wonderful, and still timely...a healing work."
--Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D., author of Women and Madness and Letters to a Young Feminist
Brief, Accessible, Challenges Claims About Cognitive & Emotional Sex Differences
Shows how poor is most research that is used to make claims that there are huge, immutable cognitive, interpersonal, and emotional sex differences
Academia, Systemic Analysis, Self-help
"Lucid, devastating, practical. Caplan's genius is to explore difficult, always heartbreaking areas of injustice, then advise us on how to survive."
--Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D., cofounder of Association for Women in Psychology and National Women's Health Network
Psychiatry, Psychology, Mental Health System
"Extraordinarily important ... should be required reading ... excellent illustration of the social construction of what comes to be called science."
--Jean Baker Miller, M.D., Director of Jean Baker Miller Training Institute and author of Toward a New Psychology of Women