I received my Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the Colorado State University, where my research focused on gender in the workplace. I then taught psychology for several years at the College of the Holy Cross and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and worked in both industry and as a consultant in both for-profit and non-profit settings.
I switched gears when I did a post-doctoral fellowship in criminology at Northeastern University’s Brudnick Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict. While there I wrote Sins of Omission: The Jewish Community’s Reaction to Domestic Violence (Westview Press, 2003). I returned to the Brudnick Center a few years later to work on a project in which I interviewed formerly violent extremists who have renounced violence and are now working toward peaceful conflict resolution.
All along, I developed a freelance writing career based on my love of travel, food, and gardening. This led to my most recent project, a food history cum cookbook.
Finally, to top it all off, I have had a life-long love of mystery stories since The Happy Hollisters and Nancy Drew. So, I have been dipping my toe into fiction writing, and hope to see something published soon.