About Me

Certified Biography and Social Art Practitioner

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I have had a lifelong interest in understanding people and relationships, especially how being in relationship can help us become more of ourselves. I earned a Ph.D. in psychology from New York University and lived in Brooklyn, New York, for five years. I am now a tenured professor of psychology at Lehigh University, where I have studied and taught about phenomena like stress, grief, and social support. My experience teaches me that every person's story is richer and more complex than the general picture that comes from conventional research. My questing brought me to the study of biography and social art. In this work, simple life experiences are opened up through artistic activities, allowing you to see the threads and patterns in your life, and to discern your path with newfound clarity.

Together with my colleagues, I have brought biography and social art workshops to venues near and far, including Switzerland and Egypt. I have also co-led a three-part webinar on the phases of life through the Anthroposophical Society in America and co-lead the biography work component of the Applied Anthroposophy course. I am co-founder of The Hummingbird Principle, an initiative to support people in finding their role in facing the challenges of the modern world through biography work. I live with my family along a bend in the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

 
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At the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, in December 2019 for the 7th Conference for Culture at the Threshold

Setup for a workshop at the Glashaus adjacent to the Goetheanum as part of the 7th Conference for Culture at the Threshold. Anne de Wild and I hosted 27 participants from 12 countries.

At the tomb of Ibrahim Abouleish, founder of the SEKEM community and farm outside of Cairo, Egypt. SEKEM and Heliopolis University hosted a meeting of the World Social Initiative Forum in December 2019.