Penguin Speakers Bureau

Mary Pipher

Clinical Psychologist and Author of the Revolutionary New York Times #1 Bestseller Reviving Ophelia

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Dr. Mary Pipher travels all over the world sharing her ideas with community groups, schools, and health care professionals. Her articulate and passionate delivery creates enthusiasm in all types of audiences. Her down-to-earth stories of hope and resilience inspire people to work together to build a better community.

Dr. Pipher received her BA in cultural anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska in 1977. She received the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation in 1998. In 2001, she was a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar in Residence at Bellagio, Italy.

Dr. Pipher’s writing is influenced by her rural background, her training in both psychology and anthropology, and her years as a therapist. Her area of interest is how American culture affects the mental health of its people. In 2006 she released Writing to Change the World, an inspirational book on how to write to effect change. Her latest book, published in 2009, is Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World, a thought-provoking and meaningful memoir about her journey toward greater self-acceptance and joy. Dr. Pipher has appeared on The Today Show, 20/20, Charlie Rose, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. She has written articles for Time magazine, Hope, Psychotherapy Networker, The Journal of Family Life, and many other publications. Three of her books, Reviving Ophelia, The Shelter of Each Other, and Another Country, were New York Times bestsellers. Reviving Ophelia was number one for twenty-seven weeks and on the New York Times bestseller list for 154 weeks.

She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband, Jim, and her children and grandchildren nearby.

Speaking Topics

  • Writing to Change the World
  • How to write to effect change
  • The Shelter of Each Other
  • Rebuilding today’s troubled American family
  • Reviving Ophelia
  • Saving the selves of adolescent girls
  • The Middle of Everywhere
  • The world’s refugees come to our town
  • Another Country
  • Navigating the emotional terrain of our elders
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Featured Book

Seeking Peace

"Her uncanny mix of optimism and practicality gives Pipher's fans a way to resist the worst of the culture around them and substitute the best of themselves."


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