Alexandra Adler

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Alexandra Adler
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Born September 24, 1901
Vienna Edit this on Wikidata
Died January 4, 2001
New York City Edit this on Wikidata
Alma mater University of Vienna Edit this on Wikidata
Occupation neurologist, academic

Alexandra Adler (September 24, 1901 – January 4, 2001) was an Austrian neurologist and the daughter of psychoanalyst Alfred Adler. She has been described as one of the "leading systematizers and interpreters" of Adlerian psychology.[1] In 1937, Adler and Tracy Jackson Putnam conducted a study on a brain of a multiple sclerosis victim. Illustrations from the study are frequently used in medical literature.[1] Adler's detailed studies on 500 survivors of the Cocoanut Grove fire is noted as some of the earliest research on posttraumatic stress disorder.[1] Her sister was Socialist activist Valentine Adler.[2]


Adler completed her medical studies at the University of Vienna in 1926, and then specialized in psychiatry at the University of Vienna Neuropsychiatric Hospital. She emigrated to the United States in 1935, where she worked as a neurology instructor at the Harvard Medical School. In 1946 she joined New York University College of Medicine's psychiatry department, and became a professor there in 1969.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Vande Kemp, Hendrika (Spring 2003). "Alexandra Adler, 1901-2001" (reprint). The Feminist Psychologist. Society for the Psychology of Women. 30 (2). Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  2. ^ "Adler, Valentine (1898–1942)". Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Gale Research Inc. Retrieved 10 January 2013. (subscription required)