About Me

Writing and speaking on topics of wellbeing and the ways we may infringe upon the wellbeing of others...

Hi, I’m Shanna! I’m a writer, speaker and small business owner working in the space of wellbeing.

I have a track record of following my bliss, starting with joining the U.S. Peace Corps in Cameroon, Africa. I later worked in the field of international development and lived in: Chad, Uganda and Rwanda. My interests next took me to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology, focused on physical and mental health in racial and ethnic minority populations, at the University of Maryland. While there I was a National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation Fellow.

Bringing together my professional experience in human resources and my academic knowledge in Social Psychology, I founded, Wellbeing Works, in 2019. Wellbeing Works focuses on building workplace cultures that support employee wellbeing. People spend too much time at work for this not to be a professional priority!

I bring the richness of all of these experiences to my writing and speaking. I enjoy writing human interest stories that take a deep dive into the lives of unique individuals or subgroups. Most people fail to see the extraordinariness in their “ordinary” lives and I love bringing that to the forefront.  I also enjoy science focused articles that offer research based tools and resources to enhance our wellbeing or support the wellbeing of others.

My speaking topics follow a similar trajectory focused on topics of wellbeing in general, mental health, stress, work/life synergy and the ways we may infringe upon the wellbeing of others, namely through the impact of racism. 

My work has appeared in Pipe Wrench Magazine, Narratively, Long Reads, Yes!, The Guardian, Food & Wine and other publications. I was a 2022 National Magazine Award Finalist and recognized in the 2020 Best American Travel Writing anthology.