Biographie de l'auteur
Monica H. Schaeffer, Ph.D., is a health psychologist who has conducted research and led workshops on stress and decision-making and stress management. She has been published in a number of professional journals on the effects of environmental stress, commuter stress, and illness severity. After studying stress in adults, both acute and chronic, Dr. Schaeffer recognized that children could benefit from possessing a repertoire of coping techniques to prevent the harmful effects of stress. In fact, the stories and techniques included in this book began taking shape when her oldest daughter communicated that she was not satisfied with simply having bedtime stories read to her and would exclaim, “tell me a story from your mind.” Currently Dr. Schaeffer is the president of the non-profit organization, VITAL, Inc. (www.vitalinc.org) and facilitates workshops on ethical wills/legacy letters. Her hobbies include photography, travel, and museum hopping. Shelley R. Baker began working in and writing for the field of public relations and marketing after earning a B.S. degree in Public Communication from Boston University. She has extensive writing experience, including writing press releases, newsletters, articles, and stories. While navigating through the challenges of motherhood, Shelley was past president and served on the boards of directors for several community organizations. She most recently worked as the director of client and community relations for a certified public accounting firm. Shelley’s experience with children comes from years of raising her own and spending extensive time helping to care for her eight grandchildren. That, as well as her writing and communication background, put her in a unique position to collaborate on this book.