Naomi Breslau, who studied post-traumatic stress disorder, dies at age 86
. Breslau has also conducted extensive research on smoking. His long-term studies of young smokers showed that those with a history of depression were more likely to become addicted to nicotine and those who were more dependent on becoming depressed years later.
Naomi Zeidel was born on April 9, 1932, in the current Afoula (Israel), Shlomo and Shoshana (Fleischman) Zeidel, who worked in construction. His parents were Labor Zionist immigrants from western Ukraine who settled in Palestine during the turbulent period of the British Mandate, which ruled Palestine after the First World War until 1948 , at which time much of this territory became the state of Israel.
The family, including a brother, Dany, and a sister, Sara, settled in Hadera, a town on the Mediterranean coast. Initially interested in becoming a lawyer, she graduated in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1954. She came to the United States in 1956 to study the administration of justice at the University. from New York, but soon became more interested in sociology and mastery in 1963.
Her first husband, Dr. Lawrence Breslau, psychiatrist, moved the family to Cleveland in 1960. They were raised three sons, Jonathan, Daniel and Joshua, while she was working for her. PhD in Sociology, which she received in 1972 from Case Western Reserve University. She and Dr. Breslau divorced in 1986; He died in 2009.
Dr. Breslau became Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Researcher in the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Division of the Henry Ford Health System Research in Detroit. 1987. In 2003, she joined the faculty of the State of Michigan.
She married Dr. Davis, research psychiatrist, in 1990. He survives, along with his three sons; two half-rims, Jason and Galen Davis; and six grandchildren.