James W. Pennebaker and John F. Evans
James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized expert on the connection between writing and better health. He and his students are exploring the links between traumatic experiences, expressive writing, natural language use, and physical and mental health. His studies find that physical health and work performance can improve by simple writing and/or talking exercises. His most recent research focuses on the nature of language and emotion in the real world. The words people use serve as powerful reflections of their personality and social worlds.
He is the Regents Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts and the Departmental Chair in the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Ph.D. in 1977.
Pennebaker has written or edited nine books and over 250 articles, including The Secret Life of Pronouns and Opening Up. He has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Contributions to Social and Personality Psychology and the Outstanding Book Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
John F. Evans, MAT, MA, Ed.D., is a writing clinician and integrative health coach who speaks at national and international conferences and symposia about the power of writing to create better health, overcome trauma, and build resilience. Evans is founder and executive director of Wellness & Writing Connections, LLC providing individual, group, and institutional life course guidance programs. His recent book, Wellness & Writing Connections: Writing for Better Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health, is a collection of essays from the Wellness & Writing Connections Conference Series.
Evans works with professionals and lay people in health care, education, social work, and life coaching, teaching them how to use writing in their practice and for their own self-care. His Transform Your Health: Write to Heal at Duke Integrative Medicine is a popular six-week workshop offered four times a year.
With Karen Jooste, MD, Evans developed and delivered a 12-week program, Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Change, a resiliency intervention for ICU nurses at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver/Aurora. Evans and Jooste also co-designed and delivered Leading Patients in Writing for Health, a three-day retreat for healthcare providers at Duke Integrative Medicine.
Read more about expressive writing on www.expressivewriting.org
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