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Viola Wertheim Bernard, American Psychiatrist. Diplomate American Board Psychiatry and Neurology.


Bernard, Viola Wertheim was born on February 22, 1907 in New York City. Daughter of Jacob and Emma (Stern) Wertheim.


Bachelor of Science, New York University, 1933. Doctor of Medicine, cornell University, 1936.


Intern, Jersey City Medical Center, 1937-1938; resident in psychiatry, Grasslands Hospital, Valhalla, New York, 1938-1939; resident in psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Hospital, 1939-1940; member of staff Harlem Bureau Child Guidance, New York Board Education, 1940-1942; practice medicine specializing in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, New York City, since 1940; associate in psychiatry, Columbia, 1948-1955; assistant clinical professor, 1955-1957; associate clinical professor, 1957-1961; clinical professor, 1961-1972; founder, director division community and social psychiatry, department psychiatry, School Public Health and Administrative Medicine, 1956-1969; attending psychiatrist, Presbyterian Hospital, 1963-1972; consultant psychiatric services, 1972-1982. Training analyst Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, since 1946. Faculty New York School Social Work, Columbia, 1947-1958.

Psychiatric consultant Ethical Culture Schools,1947-1956. Research consultant Bank St. College Education, 1950-1961. Chief psychiatric consultant Louise Wise Superior vena cava syndrome, 1942-1981.

Senior psychiatric consultant since 1981. Chair, mental health section Citizens Committee for Childrenof New York, Inc., 1945-1965, charter member, 1945-1971. Member of New York State Department of Health, Board for Profl.Med.

Conduct, 1975-1977; science program consultant to chief mental health study center, division mental health service programs, National Institute of Mental Health, 1978-1979.


  • Diplomate American Board Psychiatry and Neurology.



Co-chair, committee psychiatric services for children City of New York Department of Hospitals, 1961-1963. Member New York City Mayor's Committee on Courts, 1956-1957. Special consultant to training committee National Institute of Mental Health, United States Public Health Service, 1950-1954.

Member State of New York Committee for Children, 1971. Board directors Wiltwyck School for Boys, 1942-1969, chair committee on treatment program, 1950-1969. Fellow American College Psychoanalysts, American Public Health Association, American Psychiatric Association (life, vice president 1971-1972, chair commission on childhood and adolesence, 1973-1976, council on children, adolescents and their families, 1976-1977, consultant, committee on psychological effects of nuclear arms development, 1987-1988, member counc. on national affairs, 1983-1987, consultant 1988-1993), American Orthopsychiat.

Association, American Psychoanalytic Association (life, chair committee community psychiatry, 1968-1977, consultant 1988-1993), New York Academy Medicine. Member American Medical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York State Medical Society, New York County Medical Society, American Academy Child Psychiatry, Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (life, member committee social issues, director 1961-1963, 73-77, committee on psychiatry and politics, 1977-1980, committee on preventive psychiatry, 1981-1994), New York Council on Child Psychiatry, New York Academy of Sciences, World Federation Mental Health.


Married T.C. Bernard, August 1, 1934 (divorced June 1938).

Jacob Wertheim

Emma (Stern) Wertheim

T.C. Bernard