Upcoming Events

Happy to be on a panel at Left Coast Crime's Crimelandia conference in Portland . If you love mysteries, this is the conference for you. Fans and writer, up close and personal. My panel is SATURDAY 3/​14, 9:00-9:45.

Talking Shop: Getting Law Enforcement Details Right
Neal Griffin (M)
Terry Odell
Ellen Kirschman
Adam Plantinga
David Putnam


I'm honored to be the keynote speaker at the Lions Club's 50th Annual Awards Banquet honoring police officers and fire fighters from San Mateo County and Palo Alto for their valor and heroism. Show your support on Friday, March 20th at the Crowne Plaza Foster City Hotel. For further information and reservations contact Nick Marinaro, 650. 444. 6264 or email him at njmarinaro@​gmail.com. Everyone's welcome.


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 this year I'm honored to receive the California Psychological Association's 2014 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. 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 (aka women wiggling in water), and plunk away on my ukelele.

I post regularly on Facebook (see the link on the top left). I love hearing from readers and, if you're so inclined, I love seeing your reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook.


Have Couch Will Travel: Introducing A New Workshop

Dr. Joel Fay (www.joelfay.com) and I have a new day long workshop. We call if Behind the Badge: Strengthening Your Law Enforcement Family. Our aim is to provide a program that looks at the concerns, responsibilities and ideas for change that both spouses and officers can use. We use some quick interactive tools that couples start at the program and finish together when they get home. We’re not doing therapy, obviously, but we do want to provide the basis for further couple discussion. Our presentation is fast-paced, laced with videos, some funny, some serious, to illustrate the points we’re making. We use a lot of humor and aim for a positive, strength-based approach, instead of the pathological approach that is too dreary for words and doesn’t sell well with cops or their families. (Can’t blame them).

We received a great review of Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know. It reads like a novel. Read more by clicking on the page title "Counseling Cops" to your right.

My books are available in print or as e-books on-line and at your local independent bookstore. Click on a title for more information and reviews.