Catherine Hamilton – Full-length Bio and CV
A native Oregonian of Polish decent, Catherine Hamilton was born in the small town of Sweet Home. After finishing high school, she moved to Portland where she graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 1984 with a Master’s degree in psychology. She spent 12 years as a psychotherapist, publishing over a dozen articles in her field. She presented one of her papers at the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting in New York City. That article was featured in a New York Times the following day.
In 1996, she closed her private practice to become Chief Editor for a physicians’ organization opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia. She spent her time writing on issues of politics and religion, as well as human interest stories—freelancing non-fiction and fiction works in her spare time. Local talk-news shows interviewed her on radio and television about a piece she wrote for Brainstorm Magazine. Hamilton was also interviewed for TV in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II. She had met the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, in his private library in 2000 and had presented him with some of her writings opposing assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Hamilton’s poems have been published in Poland by Zeszyty Karmelitanskie, a publication of the Carmelites in Poznan. Her collection of poems, Nine Days—poems remembering Pope John Paul II was translated into Polish by Agnieszka Laska. That collection was received by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz with gratitude.
Hamilton has a chapter in Polish-American historian Dr. Richard Lukas’s recent book Forgotten Survivors – Polish Christians Remember the Nazi Occupation. Her chapter tells the true story of Katherine Graczyk (Hamilton’s cousin) who was kidnapped from her village in Poland and taken to Germany by a slave-labor organization targeting Polish teenagers during WWII.
Hamilton stories, articles, and poems have appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Sarasota Herald Tribune, The Oregonian, The Chicago Polish Daily, The Catholic Sentinel, and Brainstorm Magazine.
Member of Willamette Writers and the Catholic Writer’s Guild, Catherine Hamilton is a member of the Cathedral parish and she lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.
To see samples of her publications visit her website: www.catherineahamilton.com
Catherine Hamilton, M.A.
Born: October 20, 1956, Sweet Home, Oregon, USA.
Education: BS, Psychology, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 1980.
MA, Counseling Psychology, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, 1984.
Career History: Crisis Counselor, Bradley-Angle House Women’s Shelter (1981-1982).
Mental Health Therapist, Cedar Hills Hospital & Providence Hospital (1982-1985).
Research and Clinical Therapist, VA Medical Center (1985-1997).
Licensed Counselor, Private Practice (1986-1996).
Editor and columnist, Physicians for Compassionate Care News (1996-2001).
Freelance writer (1996-present).
Novelist and poet (1996-present).
My book of selected poetry, Nine Days – poems remembering Pope John Paul II (2015, Kinglet Press).
Full-length novel, Victoria’s War is in the editorial process after submission for publication).
My collection of poems, Nine Days, is currently being translated into Polish (2015; submitted for publication).
Hobbies: I enjoy reading and following current events—politics, culture and religion. I love cooking, gardening, bird watching, the visual and performing arts, especially the classics. My favorite sports are hiking, swimming and snow skiing; also I like to travel abroad, ballroom dance and spend time with family and friends.
TV and radio appearances:
February 24, 2000 — KEX Radio, NewsTalk 750: Interviewed live about an article I published: The Oregon Report: What’s Hiding Behind the Numbers?
February 25, 2000 — The Buzz Morning Show, Channel 6: Interviewed live about an article I published: The Oregon Report: What’s Hiding Behind the Numbers?
April 1, 2005 — Local news: “Portland Honors the Pope.” Channels 6, 8 and 12. Interviewed live about my visit with Pope John Paul II.
FREELANCE WRITING, POLITICS, HISTORICAL NON-FICTION, MEMOIR :
Hamilton C. The Mother of Solidarity – in memory of her life and her love for the truth; Dziennik Zwiazkowy, (Chicago, IL) p. 6 & 8. August 10, 2010.
Hamilton C. The Mother of Solidarity – Anna Walentynowicz dies in plane crash; The Catholic Sentinel. August 12, 2010.
Hamilton C. 70 years after invasion – a day that ushered in Poland’s era of terror; The Sarasota Herald Tribune, p. 1B. September 1, 2009.
Hamilton C. Katherine Graczyk; in Forgotten Survivors. pp.31-37, The University Press of Kansas. 2004.
Hamilton C. Daughter Writes about Life in Sweet Home; The New Era, p. 3, July 3, 2002.
Hamilton C. Writer Unfair to Pontiff Who Opposed Hitler: Commentary; The Oregonian, p. B9. March 25, 2000.
Hamilton C. The Oregon Report: What’s Hiding Behind the Numbers? Brainstorm Magazine, pp.36-38. March, 2000.
Hamilton C. The Poles; political cartoon; Brainstorm Magazine, p. 8. November, 1998.
Hamilton N, Hamilton C. Neither Liberty Nor Dignity; Reflections. October, 1997.
Nine Days – poems remembering Pope John Paul II Kinglet Press. 2015
Hamilton, C. (Katherin) “When the Pope Dies” – poem translated into Polish and published in Poland; Zeszyty Karmelitanskie, vol. 2(39). April – June, 2007.
Hamilton, C. (Katherin) “Zinc and Wood” – poem translated into Polish and published in Poland; Zeszyty Karmelitanskie, vol. 2(39). April – June, 2007.
Hamilton, C. “When the Pope Dies” – Catholic Sentinel, p. 13, April 4, 2008.
Hamilton, C. “Zinc and Wood” – excerpt, Catholic Sentinel, pp. 6 and 13, April 4, 2008.
Hamilton, C. (Katherin) “Cosmos” – poem translated into Polish; Zeszyty Karmelitanskie, in press.
Hamilton, C. (Katherin) “Love” – poem translated into Polish; Zeszyty Karmelitanskie, in press.
Hamilton, C. (Katherin) “First Conclave” – poem translated into Polish; Zeszyty Karmelitanskie, in press.
Hamilton C. “Winter Rose” POEMS; Physicians for Compassionate Care News, vol. 2 No. 4. Winter 1999.
PSYCHOLOGY AND ETHICS:
Ponzoha (Hamilton) C, Warren R. Self-Acceptance: Techniques for Structured Groups; Journal of Rational Emotive Therapy, vol. 3, pp.36-43. Spring 1985.
Warren R, McLellarn R, Ponzoha (Hamilton) C. Rational Emotive Therapy vs. Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the Treatment of Low Self-Esteem and Related Emotional Disturbances; Cognitive Therapy and Research, vol.12, pp.21-38. 1988.
Reaves M, Atkinson R, Kofoed L, Maxwell M, Ponzoha (Hamilton) C. Mental Health Services for Vietnam Veterans; VA Practitioner. June, 1988.
Reaves M, Atkinson R, Ponzoha (Hamilton) C, Kofoed L. Trends in VA Mental Health Services for Vietnam Veterans; VA Practitioner. July, 1988.
Hamilton N, Ponzoha (Hamilton) C, Cutler D, Weigel R. Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia and Social Networks; Schizophrenia Bulletin, vol. 15, pp. 625-633. Summer, 1989.
Ponzoha (Hamilton) C. Helping the Chronically Physically Ill; The Counselor, vol. 10, pp. 1. February, 1991.
Hamilton C. Managing your Health Concerns; The VA Kidney Gazette, vol. 1, pp. 1. March, 1993.
Hamilton N, Sacks L, Hamilton C. Object Relations Theory and Pharmacopsychotherapy of Anxiety Disorders; American Journal of Psychotherapy, vol. 48, pp. 380-391. 1994.
Hamilton N, Edwards P, Boehnlein J, Hamilton C. The Doctor-Patient Relationship and Assisted Suicide: A Contribution From Dynamic Psychiatry; American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, vol. 19, pp. 59-75. 1998.
Hamilton N, Hamilton C. Therapeutic Response to Assisted Suicide Request; Bulletin of the Menniger Clinic, vol. 63, pp.191-201. Spring, 1999.
Hamilton C. Beyond Symptom Management: Human Development at the End of Life; Supportive Voice, vol. 6, pp.6-7. Winter, 2000.
Hamilton N.G. and Hamilton C.A. Competing Paradigms of Responding to Assisted-Suicide Requests in Oregon; American Journal of Psychiatry, vol.162(6), pp. 666-671. May, 2005. (Paper was presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting in New York City, New York. May 2004.)
Hamilton N.G. and Hamilton C.A. Letter; American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 163(6), p.1109. June, 2006.