Martha Beck is a writer and "life coach" who specializes in helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and master's and Ph.D. degrees in sociology, all from Harvard University.

She worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School, studying career paths and life-course changes in today's economic and social environment. Before becoming a life coach, Dr. Beck taught sociology, social psychology, organizational behaviour, and business management at Harvard and the American Graduate School of International Management. She has published academic books and articles on a variety of social science and business topics.

Her non-academic books include the New York Times bestseller Expecting Adam (see below) and the newly-published Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live. Dr. Beck has also been a contributing editor for many popular magazines, including Real Simple and Redbook, and is currently a columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine.

More information can be found at which lists Dr. Beck's articles, books, and speaking appearances, and also contains life coaching strategies and suggestions.

Dr. Beck lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her family.


Read the introduction to Expecting Adam
Read excerpts from Finding Your Own North Star
The biochemistry of hope

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