Dr. Jeff Brown is in the business of helping people – his students, his private practice clients, and now readers across the country who might be seeking support, advice, or encouragement with life’s many twists and turns.
Lebanon native Dr. Brown is a psychologist and assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School. He recently was able to combine his love of writing and teaching by taking part in a collaborative book project between “Chicken Soup for the Soul®” and Harvard Medical School, and he released “Say Goodbye to Stress” and “Think Positive for Great Health.”
“I enjoy writing and having the chance to share information that people can use to improve their lives,” said Dr. Brown. “The ‘Chicken Soup’ books offer hope. They also normalize human experience for people. Those are two important ingredients when I’m working with patients whether that be in therapy, trying to eliminate clinical symptoms they have, or just trying to optimize what our brains are capable of doing.”
Dr. Brown is paying tribute to his Lebanon roots by making a hometown visit this week. He will be signing his two “Chicken Soup” books from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, at Lebanon Books, 727 S. Jefferson. Half of the proceeds from the book sales will be donated to Mercy Health Foundation Lebanon.
“Like the city of Lebanon where I grew up, Mercy Health Foundation has naturally and routinely reached out to others in need,” said Dr. Brown. “Lebanon's greatest asset is its people, and it is Lebanon people that make up Mercy Hospital. In that same tradition of giving to the community, it makes sense that half of the proceeds from the ‘Chicken Soup’ and Harvard Medical School book event in Lebanon return to the Foundation which promotes healthy living and healthy community values.”
Dr. Brown even decided to dedicate “Say Goodbye to Stress” to Lebanon resident, Marie Hill. Longtime nurse, Hill, is a dear family friend of Dr. Brown’s and even helped deliver him at birth in 1969.
“Over the decades, Marie has always been willing to take her nursing beyond the evening shift she worked for many years,” said Dr. Brown. “She's a natural when it comes to sacrificing for others and her family. Her ability to deal with life crises and challenges on behalf of others distinguishes her as someone who knows how to deal with stress, just like is taught in the book. ‘Say Goodbye to Stress’ and Marie Hill are a great match. It simply made sense to dedicate the book to her.”
The book signing is open to the community, and refreshments will be available.