Christie Huddleston, M.D., is a psychiatrist and historian who has combined her scientific career with the study of the history of women in medicine. She is co-founder and chair of the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine.
In 1974, when Christie Huddlestona magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a B.A. in anthropology from Temple Universityasked her family physician to write her a letter of recommendation as part of her application to medical school, he refused. He argued that she would never complete her degree but would instead simply abandon her education to become a wife and mother. She refused to back down, however, and won a place at Philadelphia's Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP) that same year.
After graduating in 1978, she completed her psychiatric residency at MCP from 1979 to 1982. Dr Huddleston then worked as a school consultant in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, from 1987 to 1988, as clinical associate professor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 1990 to 1994, and at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, where she was associate director of the Young Adult Unit from 1989 to 1992. From 1992 to 1993 she served as associate director of the Brief Intensive Care Unit. She spent the next four years as clinical assistant professor at Drexel College of Medicine.
Since, 1993 Dr. Huddleston has been a supervisor of psychiatric residents in the Department of Psychiatry at MCP Hahnemann, where she lectures on adolescence, substance abuse, and dissociation. In her private practice, she specializes in helping adolescents and young adults, and devotes much of her time to mentoring and developing opportunities for women in medicine. She is also the co-founder and chair of the Foundation for The History of Women in Medicine, an organization committed to promoting the accomplishments of women in the medical sciences and preserving their history.
Dr. Huddleston was named a fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians in 1991 and of the American Psychiatric Association in 1994. She received an award for Excellence in Preception from the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in 1992 and a service award from the Alumni Association of MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine in 1998, and in 1999, became a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, a national honor medical society. As a member of AOA, she helps carry out its mission, "to recognize and perpetuate excellence in the medical profession."