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I'm honored to receive the California Psychological Association's 2014 award for distinguished contribution to psychology

Upcoming Events

"Shrinks with Ink" panel
Litquake Palo Alto
August 17, 2014 at 4:15
Jewish Community Center
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA.
For a schedule of the entire day's events click on the link above

Beyond the Blue and Calgary Police Service Couple workshop
November 8, 2014
More info: www.calgarybeyondtheblue.com

My books are available in print or as e-books. Click on a title for more information, reviews, and links to your favorite vendors.


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 no longer have a private practice. Instead, 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. 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. 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 plunk away on my ukelele.

I enjoy hearing from my readers and from mystery fans. And I love seeing your reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook.