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Deborah Du Nann Winter came to Whitman College in 1974, fresh from graduate school at the University of New Hampshire. Having grown up in LA, she was glad to return to the West, and discover the Brigadoon of the 1950s, Walla Walla, where time seems to stand still. She teaches Social Psych, Counseling Psych, Historical and Contemporary Issues, Peace Psychology, and like everyone in the department, the Principles course. Unlike the stability of Walla Walla, she's changed her research interests a lot since coming to Whitman.
Because she danced and choreographed during her first ten years, she did her empirical research work on body movement analysis, and its relationship to cognitive process. Since 1990, she focuses on environmental and peace issues, and has held leadership positions in the Peace Psychology Division of the APA, where she was recently elected a Fellow. Deborah's 1996 book, Ecological Psychology: Healing the Split between Planet and Self (HarperCollins), applies psychological theories to the problem of environmental sustainability. She is currently revising that book for Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers with Sue Koger of Willamette University. Her most recent book, Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century (co-edited with Dan Christie and Dick Wagner), examines psychological dimensions of peace since the end of the Cold War.
As a psychologist and a citizen, Deborah is concerned about how to live more lightly on the planet, which she tries to do with her husband John (who teaches geology at Whitman), her cat Wally (of Wally World), and her dog Sophie (who knows how to enjoy life), in a log cabin, in the Blue Mountains.