About Dr. Jen

I am an author, researcher, and interdisciplinary social scientist. I earned my B.A. with honors from the University of Washington, and my M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. My research explores persistent socioeconomic inequality and underdevelopment, and offers a new approach to enduring questions of vulnerability, resilience, and social well-being.

I am a born and raised Alaskan, but now call sunny Santa Rosa, California home, where I am based at TrueNorth Health Center as a lecturer and psychology coach. At the Center, I create spaces and opportunities for individuals going through TrueNorth’s water-only fasting and plant-based nutritional programs to explore the psychological and emotional components of their experience through one-on-one discussion and workshops.

I follow an approach informed by core insights from powerful research in behavioral genetics and evolutionary psychology, specifically the “Esteem Dynamics” framework pioneered by TrueNorth’s staff psychologist, Dr. Doug Lisle. My clinical interests are wide-ranging, but I am especially interested in helping clients through problems of esteem processes, romantic misery, addiction and recovery, and mastering the pathways of human motivation.

I am also available for personal consultations via phone or Skype outside of Santa Rosa. You can schedule an appointment with me here or the box to the right. You are also welcome to email me directly with any questions at jennifer.howk@gmail.com.

I’m doing less and less social media these days but I do still post a lot of photos of my dogs and sometimes tasty vegan food on Instagram. I also send out a newsletter a couple of times a month with various musings and updates if you would like to sign up here.