The author, Deborah Wagner, Ph.D. is a diversely trained and experienced licensed psychologist. She earned her doctorate in Developmental Psychology at Yeshiva University while conducting pre- and post-doctoral research at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The subjects of her research and doctoral dissertation were mothers and children, their bonding, development and emotional well being. While working there for eight years, with a faculty appointment of Associate Research Scientist, she contributed to over a dozen professional publications, scientific conference presentations and presented at Grand Rounds. As a researcher, Dr. Wagner has always had an affinity for exploring the fundamentals of a problem and digging down until she had a clear and rudimentary understanding of the issue at hand.
Following her years in research and academia, she entered into clinical work with a more diverse population. Her training in developmental psychology prepared her for working with a wide age range of people. As a researcher and practicing psychologist, Dr. Wagner has always been committed to achieving a greater understanding of how and why people feel and behave the way they do and helping them to find ways to feel and do better. She has dedicated her career to understanding the psychological ramifications of lifespan development and its impact on human emotions and reactions.
Dr. Wagner’s clinical practice, spanning twenty years, includes both sexes and people aged from two years to over seventy. She has worked with individuals, couples and families. From a clinical perspective, she has written on issues of parenting and child development for a locally distributed publication.
Her professional concentration on the understanding of lifespan development and its impact over time has given her a unique perspective on how the different stages of development interact with and build upon one another. She has broadened her psychological understanding of people to include an understanding of how the physiological can often influence and impact the emotional.
In the last several years Dr. Wagner has treated a substantial number of perimenopausal women and their families, inspiring her to write The Fifth Decade. The diversity of her clinical practice has allowed her access to the various issues discussed in this book that extend beyond the direct experiences of the middle aged woman. It has offered her the knowledge and insight to address the interactive effects of the transition of one family member upon the others. Her passion for understanding and helping others to understand the challenges they face in life has always been a guiding force in her work and comes to fruition in the pages of this book. The range of Dr. Wagner’s experience has given her the aptitude and wisdom to author a book that is insightful, understandable and engaging to the reader.