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I'm an independent journalist and editor with a focus on health, science and culture. From 2014 to 2018, I was a senior editor at Psychology Today, where I worked on feature stories related to mental health, behavioral science, neuroscience and social psychology, as well as personal essays and interviews. I was previously a reporter for The City section of The New York Times and contributed to the Styles, Dining, Metro, Arts, Real Estate and Travel sections. My writing has appeared in Slate, Salon, Tablet, Cosmopolitan, The Christian Science Monitor, Monocle, Babble, The Forward, Self, Real Simple, City Pages, The Atlantic and The Washington Post as well as several anthologies. I was the founder of Heeb Magazine in 2002, though the distant and lesser known publishing endeavors of which I'm most fond are the Jewish punk zine Mazeltov Cocktail and the Riot Grrrl zine Gogglebox, which I created in the mid-'90s. I've been an adjunct professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, received a Circle of Excellence Bronze Medal from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for my article Trip To the Doctor, and have been awarded fellowships from the National Press Foundation and the Association of Health Care Journalists. I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Amir Bar-Lev, and our three children.