About Judy

Judy Foreman, author of “A Nation in Pain – Healing Our Biggest Health Problem,” Oxford University Press, 2014, was a staff writer at The Boston Globe for 23 years, from 1978 through 2000, and a medical specialist and science writer since 1985. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College in 1966. After 3 years in the Peace Corps in Brazil, she earned a Master’s in Education for General Purposes from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 1970.

After getting her Master’s, Ms. Foreman taught junior high school for several years, began a doctoral program in psychology, but left to take a job as a reporter for the Lowell Sun in Lowell, Mass.

After moving to the Globe, she wrote for the Living section, then through an exchange program, was a guest reporter at The Times of London for six months in 1982, where she covered the anti-nuclear war movement. When she got back to the States, the Boston Globe was just launching its new health and science section and she immediately joined that group as a science and medical writer. Six years later, she won a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the 1989-1990 academic year.

Back at the Globe, she wrote the weekly Health Sense column for the Globe’s (re-named) Health & Science section for years; the column offered reader-friendly, practical medical advice for consumers. Her column became syndicated internationally through United Media in New York.

She left her staff job in 2000 to freelance, become a medical ethics fellow at Harvard Medical School and an Affiliated Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She continued to write her column as freelancer every other week.

Most recently, she has written the Health Sense column monthly for The Boston Globe and other newspapers in her national syndicate, including Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News and  others. In addition to her own syndicated column, she is syndicated nationally and internationally through Featurewell. She also has appeared regularly on WBUR, the NPR affiliate in Boston, and for several years was the host of her own weekly, call-in webcast on health issues for Healthtalk.com.

She has won more than 50 journalism awards, including from groups such as National Headliners Awards, the American Society on Aging, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the American Heart Association, the Arthritis Foundation, the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Clarion award, among others. She co-wrote the script for a television documentary about a young woman dying of breast cancer that won the 1998 George Foster Peabody award.

In addition to being a columnist, she was a Lecturer on Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a consultant/patient advocate at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center from 2001 to 2004.

She has sung for nearly 40 years with the Back Bay Chorale, a classical music group and for 10 years, has been swimming competitively with US Masters Swimming. She has qualified regularly in regional meets for Nationals.

To read all her archived columns, you may visit her website, www.judyforeman.com.