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Janice Clack Manaser Geller
School of Nursing

Janice Clack Manaser Geller, M.S., R.N., Instructor in Nursing (Neuropsychiatric Nursing)

B.S.N., Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1960; M.S., Rutgers University, 1962

Instructor in Nursing (Neuropsychiatric Nursing), University of Michigan School of Nursing, 1963-1964.

Clack’s master’s degree prepared her to become a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, and her immediate plan, upon graduation, was to join the faculty at Rutgers as a nursing instructor, according to a newspaper account. It is likely that she did this, but after a year took a teaching position at the University of Michigan, again staying only a year. Later, as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, she maintained a private practice in Ridgewood, New Jersey and taught at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, according to her obituary.

Janice Grace Clack was born in Auburn, Georgia in 1938. Clack’s name changes to Janice Clack Manaser starting in 1963. A news item about a short-term intensive course she taught at Milledgeville State Hospital in Georgia in 1963, probably during the summer months, refers to her as Janice C. Manaser “of Rutgers University.” As Janice Clack Manaser, she and Anita Marie Werner, who also studied advanced psychiatric nursing at Rutgers, wrote a nursing textbook called Instruments for Study of Nurse-Patient Interaction, which was published in 1964 (New York, Macmillan). In 1973 Manaser was married to Dr. Joseph Jerome Geller, a psychoanalyst more than twenty years her senior. Barbara J. Callaway’s biography of Hildegard Peplau mentions that Peplau helped Janice Geller and other former students “working to establish joint-practice guidelines in New Jersey” (Hildegard Peplau: Psychiatric Nurse of the Century, Springer, 2000). The Gellers moved to North Carolina in 1996, and Janice died there in 2009 at age 70.