About Jen

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Government at Harvard University. My dissertation explores the development of political institutions in rural Alaska and the effects of those institutions on the current climate crisis facing Alaska Native communities.

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 work to 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, particularly 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 outside of TrueNorth. You are welcome to email me at jennifer.howk at gmail.

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