Lydia Temoshok



Name: Lydia Temoshok PhD

Yale Affiliation: '72 

Where You Live: Oella, Ellicott City, Maryland (between Baltimore and DC)

What You Do: Formerly full-time Professor of Medicine, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine. Now Adjunct and consulting part-time on biobehavioral health and behavioral neuroscience research, especially HIV/AIDS. Editor and grant reviewer. Pro bono work as licensed Clinical Psychologist. Researching and writing book, tentatively entitled, Deception: Doing it, Detecting it, Dealing with it.

Family: Son (25), heavy metal and jazz guitarist/ composer; granddaughter (almost 3), loves giraffes. Two llamas, born and raised on my farm, and three rescue cats.

Other Yale volunteer work: Interviewing local applicants to Yale through Yale Alumni Schools Committee (7 years). Continuing to conduct video interviews (“herstories”) of women and a few men, mainly from the Class of ’72, but also adjacent classes, about every 5 years (based loosely on the “Seven Up” documentary series in Great Britain), starting at our 30th reunion, and projected to conclude by our 50th.

Something we might not know about you: In a Behavioral Medicine clinic I led at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, I investigated what was happening with the first men afflicted with mysterious symptoms which later would be called “AIDS.” Conducted the first HIV/AIDS psychoneuroimmunology research and wrote the first papers on this topic. Authored The Type C Connection: The Behavioral Links to Cancer and Your Health (NY: Random House), which was reviewed prominently but with great opposition in The New York Times. Developed, directed, analyzed, and briefed to Pentagon brass what was the first and probably the last US Army-wide survey of HIV exposure risk-relevant behavior in 18,000+ soldiers world-wide.

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