Margaret Morgan Lawrence

American psychiatrist

Margaret Cornelia Morgan Lawrence (August 19, 1914 – December 4, 2019)[1] was an American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Her career began in 1948.[2]

Margaret Morgan Lawrence
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Margaret Cornelia Morgan

(1914-08-19)August 19, 1914
DiedDecember 4, 2019(2019-12-04) (aged 105)
Alma mater
Known for
  • Researching the presence and development of strength in young Black families
  • Author, The Mental Health Team in Schools (1971)
  • Author, Young Inner City Families (1975)
  • Subject of Balm in Gilead: Journey of a Healer (1988)
Scientific career
FieldsChild and adolescent psychiatry

Her work included clinical care, teaching, and research, particularly into the development of ego strength in inner-city families. She studied young children seen as "strong" by their teachers in Georgia and Mississippi.

Lawrence was chief of the Developmental Psychiatry Service for Infants and Children (and their families) at Harlem Hospital for 21 years, as well as associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, retiring in 1984.

Lawrence died on December 4, 2019 at a nursing home in Boston at the age of 105.[3]


  1. Carey, Charles W. Jr. (2008). "Lawrence, Margaret Morgan". African Americans in Science: An Encyclopedia of People and Progress. ABC-CLIO. pp. 142–. ISBN 978-1-85109-998-6.
  2. "About Margaret Morgan Lawrence". Skyview Acres: A Cooperative Community. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  3. RIP: Margaret Morgan Lawrence, lay champion of peace and reconciliation work, dies at 105