I am a licensed therapist, college instructor, and non-fiction author, specializing in divorce, women’s issues, children, and relationships. My daughter Tracy and I wrote Daughters of Divorce which was published by Sourcebooks. As a therapist, I am interested in helping people heal from the pain they experience related to divorce and other losses. I became a published writer while attending graduate school in the 1990’s, where I began researching the long-term impact of parental divorce.
My interest in the lives of women who grew up in divorced families began with my own experience. My passion for this topic grew as my clinical practice included many daughters of divorce and I experienced divorce. When I wrote Daughters of Divorce, I supplemented my clinical and personal experience by interviewing more than 300 hundred women raised in divorced families.
My initial research study in 1995 included 198 women and I discovered that the loss of access to both parents was associated with low-self-esteem in daughters of divorce. Following that, I studied a larger, diverse sample of over 300 adults and examined issues such as interpersonal relationships, family climate, and self-esteem. Both studies were published in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. My other publications focus on parenting. My current research, described in “Daughters of Divorce,” discusses findings from interviewing over 300 women raised in divorced families from 2009 to 2014.