Doctor of Behavior Science Writes First Book About Life, Love and Loss

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D is for Dysfunction and Doo Wop chronicles author’s journey to overcoming poor value programming.

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After serving as a professor of behavior science for two different universities during the 1980s and 1990s, author Mary Ellen Stepanich now wants to help educate the world about finding your lost voice, overcoming poor value programming through music and education, and coping with loss.

Mary Ellen Stepanich’s first book, D is for Dysfunctional…and Doo Wop, is a memoir about a Hoosier girl who dreamed of becoming a professional singer but her dream was thwarted by an overprotective mother who was haunted by her own nightmare. Instead, she followed her father’s advice and eventually became a doctor of behavior science. This book showcases her journey through trials and tribulations from childhood to adulthood, aided by her love for music.

“My book appeals to parents who need to be aware of the factors that can influence their child’s ultimate value system, to women who are contemplating marriage and who want to ensure a positive choice, and to widows and divorcees who want to create a healthy, active, fulfilling, single life as they age,” said Stepanich.

Stepanich wants her memoir to encourage and educate those who have suffered from poor value programming and to serve as a warning for young parents, to help avoid this common mistake.

“For adults who have been the object of poor value programming, I would offer them hope that their lives can be turned around and better choices can result in a happier future,” said Stepanich.

D is for Dysfunctional…and Doo Wop includes Stepanich’s accomplishments, her decision to go back to school, her challenging choices in love, finding her soul mate and after the loss of loved ones, learning to live alone and liking it.

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D is for Dysfunctional…and Doo Wop: Songs of a Hoosier Schizo
By Mary Ellen Stepanich
ISBN: 978-1-4582-0988-7
Retail Price $18.99
Available in paperback, hardcover and e-book.

About the author:
Mary Ellen Stepanich has a doctorate in behavioral science, was a professor at Purdue University and Western International University, and has a long history of pursuing and studying the art of performance and music. While at Purdue she achieved tenure after only two and half years on the faculty and was selected as a delegate to the Committee on Intercollegiate Cooperation. She currently lives in Arizona and volunteers at Sun Sounds of Arizona, a radio reading service for the blind and print disabled, an affiliate of the International Association of Audio Information Services.


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