Joan DelFattore is a professor emerita of English and legal studies at the University of Delaware, where she taught from 1979 until 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in English and an M.S. in clinical psychology from Penn State University and is a Scholar in Residence at the New York Public Library. Her work on freedom of expression in a diverse culture, which includes include three books published by Yale University Press as well as dozens of articles, has won awards from the American Library Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Gustavus Myers Center, the Spencer Foundation, and the American Civil Liberties Union (Delaware), among others. In addition to giving talks all over the country, she has appeared on dozens of talk shows, notably 20/20, Radio Times, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, and the Diane Rehm Show.
Dr. DelFattore currently runs a Writing as Healing program at the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware, which has served more than 600 patients, caregivers, and staff since 2014. In 2017, she added a Narrative Medicine series for physicians. Her recent publications focus on living single by choice in a couples-oriented culture, including what’s involved in dealing with serious illness without a partner. Her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Herald Tribune, Psychology Today, Psych Central, and KevinMD.