Supporters of Recovered Memory
Jennifer Freyd is a leading psychologist researching sexual violence, trauma, childhood abuse, and institutional betrayal. She pioneered the theory of Betrayal Trauma and wrote a book on the subject titled Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse. Later on in her career, Dr. Freyd founded the Center for Institutional Courage, an organization that works to create accountability and equity in institutions.
Katy Butler is an Award-winning journalist, public speaker, and bestselling author who covered the recovered memory controversy. She wrote six articles on the subject for the Psychotherapy Networker (previously called the Family Therapy Networker) in 1995 and 1996, and two articles for the Los Angeles Times in 1994 and 1995. She wrote critically about False Memory Syndrome, the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF), and those who founded and were involved with the organization.
Kathy Pezdek is a psychologist who specializes in eyewitness memory. Her most contested studies are those which challenged established psychologists in support of ‘False Memory Syndrome,’ such as Elizabeth Loftus. Her studies on false childhood memories seek to standardize the likelihood and ease with which memory can be ‘implanted’, standardize how the scientific community approaches false and flawed memories in research, and critique studies that overemphasize the ease of memory implantation.
Kenneth (Ken) Pope
Ken Pope is a licensed psychologist who served as chair of the Ethics Committees of the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA). He worked in 9 divisions at the APA for over 29 years, but resigned after 9-11 due to shifts in the APA’s ethical stance.
Anna Salter is a leading psychologist in America who was one of the first psychologists to speak out in defense of children’s testimony against Ralph Underwager, receiving considerable backlash as a result. Since then, thas written multiple books on trauma, childhood abuse, and sex offenders.
Jim Hopper is a clinical psychologist, teaching associate at Harvard, and nationally recognized expert on psychological trauma. Besides writing a number of scientific studies investigating the effects of trauma on the brain, Hopper has served as a leading forensic expert witness for cases regarding sexual assault, recovered memory, and childhood abuse.