Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Altmaier, Elizabeth M. (1952-)
Elizabeth Mitchell Altmaier, a native New Yorker, was born in 1952 to a father who was an engineer and a mother who was a homemaker. Unlike her brothers, for whom working careers were simply an expected eventuality, Altmaier was encouraged by the urgings she received during her educational experiences to explore her potential as a student and professional and to do so beyond the limited traditional venues open to women at that time—teaching and nursing. Ironically, Altmaier came, quite literally, by way of chance to a career in psychology, selecting this area of study at random from a list of possible majors she found interesting. During her collegiate years, she found a fine match with the faculty in the psychology department at Wheaton College, and her mentor there persuaded her to pursue graduate studies in psychology. After collecting her B.A. in 1973 with honors from Wheaton College, she went on ...