Ellyn Kaschak, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning psychologist, author and teacher. She is well-known as a speaker, workshop leader, human rights advocate and a public intellectual.

Read more

Select Works

Sight Unseen
Gender and Race Through Blind Eyes

Sight Unseen reveals the cultural and biological realities of race, gender, and sexual orientation from the perspective of the blind. Through ten case studies and dozens of interviews, Ellyn Kaschak taps directly into the phenomenology of race, gender, and sexual orientation among blind individuals, along with the everyday epistemology of vision.

Order the Book

Engendered Lives: A New Psychology of Women’s Experience

Global Border Crossings: Feminist Activists and Peace Workers Collaborating Across Cultures

Minding the Body: Psychotherapy in Cases of Chronic and Life-Threatening Illness

In the media

Seeing Is Believing or Is Believing Seeing | Ellyn Kaschak ’65 | TEDxBinghamtonUniversity

I will describe my intensive 10 years of work with individuals who are all blind since birth. Since they have had no opportunity to visually observe the cues the sighted use to code gender, race and sexual orientation, their ideas and the ways they learned them reveal how these constructs are just that and are not based in biology at all. Instead, they are constructed by and for the sighted. Using many examples, I will show unerringly the blindness of the sighted.

Ellyn Uram Kaschak Institute for Social Justice for Women and Girls

Ellyn Kaschak helps establish research institute for women at Binghamton University Donation made by Ellyn Uram Kaschak, '65, to support student, faculty research

Latest Articles

December 24, 2020 in Blog

Understanding Gender or Sex Transitioning

In this article, I try to disentangle the complex perspectives on transitioning Psychological issues, just as do paintings, look very different in different frames. Therapists, in fact, do consider reframing to be a basic cognitive tool. It is another way…
Read More
October 18, 2020 in Blog

The Fragility of Mask-u-linity

How Attribution Works In the late 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, pink was promoted and advertised as strong and masculine color. The use of typewriters in the office of the same era was considered to…
Read More
August 13, 2020 in Blog

Advice for Michelle Obama

Why Are You Experiencing Low Grade Depression? Michelle Obama has declared publicly that she is experiencing a low-grade depression. Many have been inspired by her willingness to speak so openly about mental health and illness. Others became frightened about her…
Read More
May 20, 2020 in Blog

Dreaming in the Time of the Virus

Understanding COVID-19 dreams. Many quarantined individuals are having mild to severe symptoms of anxiety during this time of quarantine. This is a perfectly normal and even expected kind of anxiety. One of the most common symptoms of anxiety is insomnia—the…
Read More
Additional articles