I've been a police and public safety psychologist for thirty-plus years, before I had any gray hair.
I now spend my time writing mysteries, teaching, and volunteering as a clinician at the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat for first responders . I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, who is a photographer (he took the photos for all my books) and retired remodeling contractor. In my spare time I travel, cook, take water aerobics classes, and hang out with my friends.
I post regularly on Facebook and Goodreads.
The Right Wrong Thing
Officer Randy Spelling had always wanted to be a police officer, to follow in the footsteps of her brothers and her father. Not long after joining the force, she mistakenly shoots and kills Lakeisha Gibbs, a pregnant teenager. The community is outraged; Lakeisha’s family is vocal and vicious in their attacks against Spelling. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and filled with remorse, Randy is desperate to apologize to the girl’s family. Everyone, including the police chief, warns her against this, but the young police officer will not be dissuaded. Her attempt is catastrophic. Dr. Dot Meyerhoff, police psychologist, plunges herself into the investigation despite orders from the police chief to back off. Not only does the psychologist’s refusal to obey orders jeopardize her career, but her life as well, as she enlists unlikely allies and unconventional undercover work to expose the tangled net of Officer Spelling’s disastrous course.
Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know2013
I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Kow-Revised edition2007
I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know2004
I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Kow-Revised edition1997
Awards and Recognition
- Distinguished Contribution to Psychology-California Psychological Association 2014
- Outstanding Contribution to Police and Public Safety Psychology-American Psychological Association (Div. 18) - 2010
- Burying Ben: 1st prize for unpublished fiction. Public Safety Writers Association-2011
- I Love A Cop: What Police Families Need to Know - Best overall book: Public Safety Writers Association 2011