About 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 dissertation, “Too Dysfunctional to Govern: Trauma Capital and State Retreat in Rural Alaska,” explores persistent inequality and underdevelopment in Alaska Native communities 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 work both as the Director of the TrueNorth Health Foundation and a lecturer and coach at TrueNorth’s inpatient facility. 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 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, 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 at jennifer.howk@gmail.com.

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