Dr. Mary Elizabeth Dean is an educator with over 10 years’ experience as a teacher and curriculum leader. Other significant roles include several years as a family law paralegal and a CASA advocate for foster children in crisis. Most recently, Dr. Dean has taken a break from the classroom to focus on her three passions: traveling, volunteering, and writing.
As a contributor to various online publications, she has written hundreds of articles. Because breaking the stigma of mental health is important to her, much of Dr. Dean’s work as a freelance writer centers on educating herself and others on wellness topics.
A sexual abuse and sex-trafficking survivor, she hopes to use her knowledge to help others overcome personal trauma and be their best selves.
Dr. Dean’s educational background includes a Ph.D., a Master’s in Business (MBA), and two undergraduate degrees in science. Because continuing education is important to her, Dr. Dean regularly audits courses for self-enrichment.
"My Philosophy on Mental Health & Wellness"
One of my favorite quote’s is by Albus Dumbledore—"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
For years, I lived in the dark, hiding from the pain of undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and a myriad of other mental health issues brought on by a cocktail of trauma and genetics. Therapy and learning more about my conditions were my “light” switches, allowing for healing and overall wellness.
I hope to inspire everyone who reads my articles to become more proactive about their own mental health.
My ultimate philosophy is that we do not have to be defined by our trauma or mental health problems. Any issues we struggle with are just a small part of a much bigger puzzle. As long as we are working to improve, we are on the right path.