Ilana S. Lehman is a professor and self-proclaimed sci-fi nutcase. She received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Education from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Lehmann has worked as a psychotherapist for a community mental health center; a mental health therapist for an inpatient adolescent treatment facility; a service coordinator for the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in Missouri, and a placement specialist for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in Nebraska before going into academia.
In 2009 she was awarded an Outstanding Research Award from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association.
After leaving academia for the west coast, she wrote “All You Need to Know About Disability is On Star Trek.” In March 2014, she packed the room as she presented “Genetic Engineering: Star Trek vs. Reality.” Her presentations using examples from Star Trek include: "End Program: Lessons about Post-traumatic Stress Disorders on Star Trek" and "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations: Star Trek and Autism Spectrum Disorders." She has also put together an ethics training using scenes from various Star Trek episodes.
Dr. Lehmann earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling Education at Southern Illinois University. She teaches research methods at Capella University through their online program. She is writing more books and promises to continue to write until she is no longer entertaining. Dr. Lehmann is bossed around by her cat, Hobbes, and a corgi named Susie Derkins.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always loved Star Trek. I love the Star Trek vision of the future where people are valued based on their abilities, not their limitations. I feel this is an important book and I didn't want to wait a long time to see it get into the hands of my audience. Being an indie author allowed me to get the book published at least two years sooner than if I had gone the traditional publishing route.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I live for those hours or even days when my writing flows from me. It feels like I am just sitting with my hands on the keyboard and the words just appear on the page. When I go back to edit my work and I see that what I said was funny or insightful it is pure joy. I live for those moments. At other times, writing can feel more like I am wrestling an alligator and I know I will be rewriting those passages.
More illuminating than a Supernova. More fun than a Klingon drinking song. Set a course for a view of disability through a Star Trek lens. From genetic engineering, to physical, cognitive and psychiatric disabilities, Dr. Lehmann provides 12 chapters of disability topics illustrated with dialogue from Star Trek episodes and movies.