Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D. Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D., has been a psychologist in private practice in New York City since 1987; her current areas of focus are chronic illnes and depression, eating disorders and body image disorders, sexuality and relationships, and parenthood and careers. Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D., director of the New York Menopause Center, is a gynecologist affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the North American Menopause Society. The president and a founding member of the board of Women’s Voices for Change, Dr. Allen is a spokeswoman on women’s health. She was the inaugural speaker for the Iris Cantor Lecture Series on Women’s Health at the American Hospital in Paris. Dr. Allen has been interviewed by The New York Times, USA Today, regional newspapers and major television news programs on womens health issues and is a contributing editor for More magazine.
General Medical

Sex Over 40

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Learning the physical mechanics—and, more important, the emotional dynamic—involved in a sexual relationship can be a slow process. It takes self-confidence, knowledge of one’s own erotic needs, and the capacity and interest to please a partner in ways that only wisdom and years of sexual experience can bring to the bedroom.

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Family & Friends

Dr. Pat Consults: On Sibling Rivalry in Midlife

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Conflict between siblings is so ubiquitous that I would guess that on a word-association test most people would say “rivalry” when prompted by the word “sibling.” But what’s more surprising is how much of the conflict persists as we age. Here, a clinical psychologist lays out five common issues that persist, often well into mid-life (and beyond).
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