Deborah A. Lott

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Deborah A. Lott’s creative nonfiction and memoir have been published widely, most recently on the Tin House Blog and in Story Quarterly. She also tells the story of her family’s legacy of hypochondria on NPR’s This American Life.

Her work has been thrice named as Notable Essays of the Year in Best American Essays 2009, 2006, and 2004, and twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

She is the author of the recently completed Tell Me I’m Still Breathing: A Memoir of An Anxious Childhood which has been acclaimed by National Book Award winning poet and memoirist Mark Doty, among others. Her research-based nonfiction book In Session: the Bond between Women and their Therapists (W.H. Freeman/Times Books) has been widely praised for its rigorous and unprecedented look at transference and boundary dilemmas from the perspective of women clients. The book continues to be used to train psychotherapists nationwide and appears on multiple consumer websites as one of the top books ever written about the psychotherapy relationship.

Ms. Lott’s reportage and narrative nonfiction have also appeared in SALON, the Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. For five years she was a contributing editor to Psychiatric Times, reporting on research, clinical trends, and the politics of mental health. She also serves as a consulting writer and editor for the UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, and on the adjunct faculty of Antioch University, Los Angeles where she teaches creative writing and literature and serves as faculty adviser to Two Hawks Quarterly. Among other courses, she has developed three new courses: The Trauma Memoir, Lolita and her Literary Sisters, and Representations of Childhood in Literature.