A dedicated educator of psychology for nearly six decades, Florence H. Levin Denmark Wesner, DHL, PhD has become a formidable voice in her field. Born to Morris and Minnerva Levin, Dr. Denmark-Wesner embarked on her journey into education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1952, a Master of Arts in 1954, and a Ph.D. in 1958. After completing her initial studies, she began her career as a lecturer in psychology at The City of University of New York. At this university, she went on to hold several esteemed positions for more than 30 years—including a psychology professorship and an affiliation with the doctoral faculty of psychology—before becoming an adjunct professor in 1990.
As an accomplished educator, Dr. Denmark-Wesner was also presented with several honorary degrees from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College), Cedar Crest College, and Allegheny College. She also obtained a Doctor of Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. In 1988, Dr. Denmark-Wesner joined the administration at Pace University as the chairman of the psychology department and as a Robert Scott Pace Distinguished Professor of psychology. In addition to her primary endeavors in education, Dr. Denmark-Wesner became a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, and of the American Psychological Association, and most recently began serving as an organizer and lecturer with the International Council of Psychologists.
For her many contributions to the field of psychology and to her community, Dr. Denmark-Wesner was named a Distinguished Humanitarian by Marquis Who’s Who in 2017. In addition, she has received several awards, honors, and accolades from the American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association, and the Association for Women in Psychology. She has also earned various grants from institutions such as the U.S. Department of Education, Pace University, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In her spare time, Dr. Denmark-Wesner enjoys the opera, the ballet, theater, travel, and sports.
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