I have always had an insatiable curiosity to understand the connection between stress and the body. My questions prompted my action to return to school at the age of 40 to help bridge the gap between science and real life application. During my graduate studies, I discovered the powerfully healing benefits of yoga and began a regular personal practice. I credit my strong faith and my yoga practice/lifestyle for my exceptional health and wellbeing at 51 years of age - despite having a diagnosis of chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
My passion is to apply my education, personal, and professional experience to promote greater wellbeing in women to help them overcome symptoms of stress, anxiety, body image concerns, and unhealthy behavioral and relational patterns. I accomplish this through my writing, yoga & wellness workshops/retreats, speaking, and transformational photography.
I am an educational psychologist (Ph.D., M.Ed., B.S. with honors in psychology), certified yoga instructor (Yoga Alliance), photographer (www.karendunnphotography.com), and published author with advanced training in neuroscience and mind/body/spirit approaches to wellbeing and stress reduction.
My dissertation research (2009) involved the study of a yoga program to reduce symptoms of stress and improve wellbeing in healthcare providers. The results of the study were significant (p< .05) and were published in Advance for Nurses. I am also the author of a review article on the therapeutic benefits of yoga published in Advances in Mind-Body Medicine.
To read more about my transformational photography work, click here to view a recent interview (Digital Issue 4, page 34) in Muses & Visionaries Magazine.