I've been a police and public safety psychologist for thirty-plus years, before I had any gray hair. My work with first responders has taken me to four countries and twenty-two states. I've won several awards and in 2014 I was honored to receive the California Psychological Association's award for distinguished contribution to psychology

I spend my time writing, teaching, and volunteering as a clinician at the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat for first responders (see the links page). You can read about my books by clicking on a title in the right hand column. I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know was my first book and, to date, it has sold more than 100,000 copies. It's available in Chinese and in Czech. I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know came next, prompted by the tragic events of September 11th. Following that I wrote Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know, third in the "need to know" series, with Mark Kamena and Joel Fay, both of whom are retired cops.

Burying Ben, my first-ever mystery featuring police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff, received first prize for the not-yet-in-print novel from the Public Safety Writers Association. My second mystery The Right Wrong Thing is a finalist in the Fiction: Thriller/​Adventure category of the USA Best Book Awards. Writing fiction is a new skill for me. I used to think that making things up would be easier than writing non-fiction. What a delusion! Creating a story that captures the reader's attention from page one is a tricky business.

On a more personal note, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, who is a photographer (he took the photos for all my books) and retired remodeling contractor. In my spare time I travel, cook, take water aerobics classes and occasionally plunk away on my ukelele.

I post regularly on Facebook (see the link on the top left). I love talking to book groups, but if that isn't geographically possible, I'm happy to Skype. I'm always glad to hear from readers and, if you're so inclined, I'd be grateful for your reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook.

Check out my blog on psychology and law enforcement for an open letter to police families about getting through these troubled times.