I currently serve as an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, at the University of Kentucky, and am Principal Investigator of the Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System. I hold a Master of Public Health and a Doctor of Public Health, both from the College of Public Health at UK.
I have studied the etiology of violence for over a decade and a half. My primary research interests have focused on intimate partner violence. Over the years, as I sat on panels and listened to researchers and advocates, I realized that I too was in a domestic violent relationship (I had been conditioned to devalue myself and normalize mistreatment and abuse). When I finally started the process of separation and divorce I realized that it was much more; I was dealing with a sociopath.
As the abuse continued following our formal divorce, I started to blog in February of 2012. I made a decision to take my journaling on-line, making my story available to others, but under the protection of an alias. The process from blog to book, under my real identity, has been agonizingly difficult--an unexpected internal struggle. It has taken five years to not only write my book, but to find the courage to uncover and claim myself. Fear has gotten in the way of so much and fear has kept me imprisoned. My transformation to living freely is manifesting, in part, with the publication of my book, "I Married a Sociopath."
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