In memory of
Lois Marcia Black
Black, Lois Marcia 66 Jan. 24, 1945 Oct. 15, 2011 Lois was a Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist. She lived most of her life in New York City and moved in 2000 to Oregon, where she became a Research Professor in the Center for Spoken Language Understanding (CSLU) at the Oregon Health and Science University. She received her training at the University of North Carolina, the University of Konstanz, and the New School for Social Research. After her Ph.D. in clinical psychology she received further training in pediatric neuropsychology at Cornell Medical Center. She was known for pioneering an approach that integrates neurological and psychological perspectives on diagnosis and therapy for children with behavioral problems. With this approach, she was transformative in the lives of her patients. She also trained many professionals at OHSU and at the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL). She joined CSLU in 2002 to create, together with her husband and Center Director Jan van Santen, what became the best-funded autism research program in the State. At the time of her death, she was a Board Member of New York Zero-to-Three, Advisory Counsel Member of ICDL, and Director of the Brooklyn Center for Psychological and Neuropsychological Services. Lois is survived by her husband of 27 years, Jan van Santen of Lake Oswego and by her daughter, Hilary van Santen of Brooklyn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lois M. Black Scholarship Fund at www.LMBFund.org .
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