Mary Pipher, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Nebraska. She received her BA in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and her PhD from the University of Nebraska in 1977. Pipher's work combines her training in psychology and anthropology. Her special area of interest is how American culture affects the mental health of its people.
Pipher is the author of six books including Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls; Hunger Pains: The Modern Woman's Tragic Quest for Thinness; The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families;The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community; and Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders. Pipher travels the country sharing her ideas with community groups, schools, and health-care professionals. She has written articles for Time Magazine, The Family Therapy Networker, USA Weekend, The Journal of Family Life and many other publications. Pipher has appeared on the Today Show, 20/20, The Charlie Rose Show, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public Radio's Fresh Air.