Paradoxically, this generally optimistic blog was born of despair. For many years my research has focused on the interface between psychology and health, with particular emphasis on resilience.

Over the past decade or so my wife Debbie, a clinical psychologist, and I have collaborated on developing a scientifically-based program to help people become more resilient. We are now near completion of a book about the practical use of what my research had uncovered.

My inclination was to add to the book every time I encountered something new that was relevant to resilience. At that rate, the book would have to be published posthumously in several volumes.

Debbie convinced me that a blog would be an excellent way to deal with the limitless flow of new information. In a blog, we can take a more casual approach to topics related to the book, and also comment on ideas and findings about resilience that appear in the news.

About Jerry Sheridan

Dr. Charles Sheridan (Jerry) is Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University and taught at Oberlin College, the University of Alberta and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was a Research Psychologist at the Kansas City V.A. Medical Center for 16 years.

For many years he has focused on the interface between psychology and health, with particular emphasis on resilience.

Jerry has published six books and well over 100 articles.

About Debbie Sheridan

Deborah Sheridan is a psychologist with undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is currently a therapist with Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City.

Debbie has spent her career providing psychotherapy to adults, adolescents and families. In working with clients she came to the conclusion that many of the issues clients brought to therapy could best be treated by increasing the person’s resilience levels. Helping the client identify and execute small changes in attitudes, skills and behaviors are the keys to fewer negative symptoms, more happiness and even greater life successes.

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