About Matina S. Horner, Ph.D.
In honor of Matina S. Horner, Ph.D., the Harris Center provides annual funding for Summer Research Fellowships. These 10-week fellowships, open to undergraduate and graduate students, are designed to stimulate interest in eating-disorder research and to help train young investigators. Fellows receive supervision and mentoring on their research projects and meet weekly with Harris Center staff for discussion sessions on clinical and research methodology issues in the field of eating disorders.
Matina S. Horner, Ph.D., holds 17 honorary degrees and has combined a life of scholarship with parallel devotion to leadership and service, making her an extraordinary role model to women and men alike.
Dr. Horner was named president of Radcliffe College in 1972 at age 33, while also serving as associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Her academic interests have focused on the psychology of women, human motivation and personality development, psychological implications of social change, and social and psychological barriers to achievement in women and minorities.
During her 17-year tenure at Radcliffe, Dr. Horner helped establish the Murray Research Center to address the neglect of women's issues in research. Dr. Horner has tackled the most vexing gender inequalities and has been a tireless advocate for social change affecting the lives of women and their families.
A founding advisor of our Center, Dr. Horner continues to advise and support us. Additionally, she chairs the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and the Board of the Fund for the City of New York.
A member of the boards of directors of NStar and The Nieman Marcus Group, she formerly served as the vice chair for the Committee for Economic Development and is the former chair of the Charles H. Revson Foundation. She sits on the boards of the Century Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital Corporation, and the Greenwall Foundation; she is president of the American Laryngological Voice Research and Education Foundation.
Most recently, Dr. Horner served as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for TIAA-CREF and was the first woman ever to hold the position of executive vice president in the history of the 71-year old retirement system.