Title: Scientist & Educator (Retired)
Company: National Institutes of Health
Location: Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Magdalena Raczkowska Naylor, MD, Ph.D., Retired Educator and Scientist at the National Institutes of Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychiatry and higher education.
Amassing more than 40 years of professional excellence, Dr. Naylor spent the majority of her career with the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, having served as an assistant professor from 1993 to 1999, associate professor from 1999 to 2008, and professor of psychiatry from 2008 to 2018, when she reached emerita status. Prior to these illustrious roles, she served in private practice in Richmond, VA, from 1988 to 1993, having previously spent time as a research associate at the Medical College of Virginia from 1981 to 1982 and assistant professor at the Medical University of Warsaw in Poland from 1977 to 1983. Since moving to Bethesda, MD, from Burlington, VT, in mid-2018, Dr. Naylor has been acting as the clinical director of the National Institutes of Health.
To prepare for her prominent career, Dr. Naylor pursued an education at the Medical University of Warsaw, where she earned a Doctor of Medicine in 1976 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1987. While pursuing her doctorate, she completed a residency in psychiatry at Duke University in Durham, NC, from 1984 to 1988. She has since become a diplomate in psychiatry and neurology and received a national board certification in psychiatry and neurology in 1994. Likewise, she has contributed myriad articles throughout her career and authored two books, “The Search for Meaning” and “The Search for Meaning Workbook,” both published in 1994.
Dr. Naylor has conducted significant research in coping skills training for patients who struggle with chronic pain, as well as neuro-imaging. A member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Pain Society and the Vermont Medical Society, she was twice named Teacher of the Year by the department of psychiatry at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine in 1996 and 1998. In addition, she is a five-time grantee of the National Institutes of Health between 2002 and 2010, which she considers to be among the highlights of her career.
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