Dana S. Iyer, Ph.D.

Dana S. Iyer, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Laguna Hills, California. She is from NJ, by way of India, Indiana, and other states she lived in before moving to NJ. She would like you to not hold the fact that she is from NJ against her. Some want to find a cure for cancer, some want to help the disadvantaged in Africa, she just wanted to move to California. It’s the only place she could meditate she told everyone, the noise in NYC—where she lived while she was in graduate school—competed with the noise in her head, but unlike a math problem the two negatives didn’t cancel each other out. But sadly since moving to California for her post doc, she has realized she is unable to meditate there either. Turns out a lot of experiences in life aren’t a function of what happens outside of us, but what happens within.

She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania where she almost majored in psychology. She received her Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research where she was awarded the Diamond Fellowship and the Albert J. Muriel Award for best psychology dissertation. She has also published in the area of eating disorders and has spoken at the APA and IAEDP.

In reading other bios she made the decision to leave the jargon out of hers and save it for her blog. No seriously though you should read her blog, her mom tells everyone how good it is. Feel free to leave her lots of comments if you agree with her mom.

She believes that passion and laughter are what should guide our life, that’s how she lives hers, in both work and outside of it. 

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On Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Insight

This blog is a melding of my interests in psychology, mythology, and literature. At times in this blog I may refer to my patients. When I do, it is after obtaining their consent and changing identifying details about who they are. I hope their stories of self-discovery serve as a torch that sheds light on your journey inward and helps you better write what you would like the story of your life to look like.