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Holly Parker, Ph.D.

Dr. Holly ParkerWhen Reality Bites, by Holly Parker, Ph.D.Specialties: Human psychology; relationships; denial; health and lifestyle; trauma and loss; self-esteem; social issues and influences; positivity
Home base: Boston
Web site: www.drhollyparker.com

Holly Parker is ardent about empowering people to cultivate a more authentic, fulfilling, joyful life. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she was a Karen Stone Fellow and Sackler Scholar. She is an award-winning lecturer at Harvard, where she teaches the popular course The Psychology of Close Relationships. She is also an Associate Director of Training at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, and uses lifestyle-based interventions to advance people’s mental health and the quality of their lives.  Her soon-to-be-published books are When Reality Bites: How Denial Helps . . . and What to Do When It Hurts (Hazelden, September 2016) and If We’re Together, Why Do I Feel So Alone?: How to Build When Reality Bites, by Holly Parker, Ph.D.Intimacy with an Emotionally Unavailable Partner (Berkley/NAL–Penguin Random House, January 2017). Dr. Parker also writes a blog on her website www.drhollyparker.com, has been a featured guest on radio programs and has served as an expert for media outlets such as ABC News, Prevention, SELF Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, Fox News and The Saturday Evening Post.

Suggested Topics

  • If Denial Ain’t Just a River, Then What Is It—and How Can It Serve Me?
  • The Myth of Relationship Decline
  • Emotional Unavailability: What Is It and What to Do about It
  • Attraction and Dating: Being Real and Responsive Is HOT
  • Thinking Outside the Couch: The Power of Lifestyle to Enhance Mental Health
  • It’s Time to Change How We Feel About Birthdays
  • Shadowy Puppet Masters: The Hidden Influences All Around Us
  • Risky Business: The Risks Around Us and Our Decision-Making in the Face of Them
  • Childhood Wisdom: Highly Effective Lessons for Living and Working That We Know as Children but Forget as Adults