BETH JACOBS, PhD, is a writer, psychologist, and Buddhist. She has been a supervising and private practice psychologist for thirty years after being trained at Northwestern University Medical School. She is also a Buddhist lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. Her psychological perspective led to a body of writing about therapeutic journaling, including the book Writing for Emotional Balance (New Harbinger Publishers, 2005), many articles, webinars and workshops, and a seasonal column for the National Association for Poetry Therapy, for which she received an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2016. She also wrote a fictional novella entitled Paper Sky: What Happened After Anne Frank's Diary Ended (CreateSpace, 2014). She has received the following residency awards for her writing: Renaissance House Writers Residency, June 2014; Ragdale Foundation Artist Residency, September 2013; and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts Fellow, artist-in-residence, July 2012. Jacobs' more recent work has focused on original Buddhist studies with the publication of The Original Buddhist Psychology: What the Abhidharma Tells Us About How We Think, Feel, and Experience Life (North Atlantic Books, 2017).