Psychology Today

Elizabeth left her career as a librarian to join the staff of an exciting new magazine. Psychology Today had published only three issues when Elizabeth joined them in 1967, but soon became the talk of the publishing world, with its staff meeting on the beach of Del Mar, California, featured in Time Magazine.

Elizabeth stayed with Psychology Today for nine years, also serving as Managing Editor.

Elizabeth's many conversations  featured in the magazine include: D.O. Hebb, psychologist, McGill University, Montreal; Jean Piaget, psychologist, Director, Institute for Psychology, Geneva; Barbel Inhelder, psychologist, University of Geneva, Geneva; Arthur Koestler, journalist, novelist, London; Jerome Bruner, psychologist, Harvard University; Charles DeCarlo, educator, President, Sarah Lawrence College; Robert Rimmer, novelist, Cambridge, Massachusetts; B.F. Skinner, psychologist, Harvard University; George Steiner, literary critic, Cambridge University; Charles Osgood, psychologist, University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana; Niko Tinbergen, ethologist, Oxford University; Sir Edmund Leach, anthropologist, Cambridge University; Idries Shah, Institute for Cultural Research, Tunbridge Wells, U.K.; and Edward T. Hall, anthropologist, Northwestern University, Chicago.

In 1978, after the closing of Human Nature, she returned to freelance journalism and held a series of conversations with prominent behavioral scientists for Psychology Today among others.


Human Nature

In 1976, Elizabeth left Psychology Today to start Human Nature. Elizabeth was Editor-In-Chief of the magazine , which was about the human sciences. The magazine's first issue was published in January 1978. The fourth issue, published in April of that year, featured Elizabeth and her late husband, Scott O'Dell on the cover. The articles featured in this issue were, "The Egalitarian Waltz", "How Education Affects the Mind", "Society and Sex Roles", "The Wisdom of Humor", and "Does Medicine Keep Us Well?"

At Human Nature, she had no time for additional journalism pieces. After Human Nature, she went back to freelance journalism, including writing about her conversations with various psychology, business, and literary professionals.


Niko Tinbergen

For Psychology Today, Elizabeth interviewed Nobel-prize winning ethologist, Niko Tinbergen. This photo was taken at High Slakes, the Tinbergen vacation home in the Cumberland Region of Northern England, during the 1973 interview. Niko was a Dutch biologist and ornithologist who shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Karl von Frisch and Konrad Loren for their discoveries concerning organization and elicitation of individual and social behavior patterns in animals.  In 1951, he published The Study of Instinct, an influential book on animal behavior.

Miscellaneous Articles


Behavioral Scientists

After 1979, Elizabeth wrote magazine articles for such magazines as Geo, Childbirth Educator, Psychology Today, America Illustrated, Topic, Span, and Ladies Home Journal.  She also continued to interview prominent behavioral scientists for Psychology Today, including Erik Erikson, Professor Emeritus of Human Development at Harvard University, among others. America Illustrated was published in Russian (in Russian) by the United States Information Agency, a division of the State Department.


More Interviews

Elizabeth also interviewed other behavioral scientists over the years, including: Robert Zajonc, psychologist, University of Michigan; Clifford Grobstein, embryologist, University of California, SanDiego; Peter Drucker, management consultant, Claremont Graduate School, CA; Gunther Gebel-Williams, animal trainer, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus;l Eleanor Maccoby, psychologist, Stanford University, California; Joseph Adelson, psychologist, University of Michigan; Bruno Bettelheim, psychoanalyst, California; Jerome Bruner, psychologist, New School for Social Research, New  York, New York; and Jerome Kagan, psychologist, Harvard University, Massachusetts. She also interviewed: Sandra Scarr, psychologist, University of Virginia;  June Reinisch, psychologist, Director of the Kinsey Institute, Illinois; and Judith Rodin, psychologist, Yale University, Connecticut.


Carol Tavris

Elizabeth also contributed a chapter entitled, “Motherhood,” to Every Woman’s Emotional Well-being, edited by Carol Tavris, Doubleday & Company (1986). The work is a  collection of 23 articles offering ways for women to remain emotionally healthy as they face today's problems. Topics include sexual normalcy, the importance of friendship, diet and exercise, combining a family with a career, adjusting to changes, dealing with crises, considering therapy, and choosing a therapist. Each chapter includes a biography of its author and a list of suggested readings. Readers can use the book as an easily accessible introduction to the issues surrounding emotional well-being or as a guide to finding further information on specific topics. Recommended for general and specialized collections. Margaret B. Allen, M.L.S., West Lebanon, N.H.