Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, Ph.D.

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About me

Occupation writer/teacher
Location Northern California
Introduction My book, WRITING THROUGH THE DARKNESS: EASING YOUR DEPRESSION WITH PAPER AND PEN, was published by Celestial Arts in June 2008. I've been a science journalist, textbook editor and author, poet, memoirist, creative writing instructor and -- sometimes -- a bipolar depressed person, since earning my Ph.D. in biology at Stanford University in 1991. For the past ten years, I've combined my interests in writing and mental health by teaching creative writing to other people with mood disorders in a class meeting at Stanford's Psychiatry Department. I speak on mental health topics, both personal and professional, to a wide variety of groups.
Interests Writing, mental health advocacy, reading, China, multiculturalism, travel, hiking, poetry, neuroscience, psychology, spirituality.