ABOUT DANN HAZEL
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Dann Hazel, M.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Psychology
M.A. in Clinical Psychology
M.A. in Media Psychology
M.Ed. in Education, Adolescent Behavior Disorders
B.A. in English
Dann Hazel, Ph.D., is a Florida-based educator and author of both fiction and nonfiction. His professional experience includes teaching high school students, directing college preparatory grants, counseling in a private psychiatric hospital, teaching psychology on the college level, and writing. He has earned three master's degrees (in education, clinical psychology, and media psychology), as well as a doctorate in psychology. Dann's dissertation, released in 2014, is entitled Relationships of Psychological Well-Being, Social Morals, and Personality among Religious and Non-Religious Individuals. A book based on his research findings will be released in the future.
His writing credits include:
*Several magazine articles about the Spoleto U.S.A. Festival in Charleston, SC;
*Two Paths to Now, a young adult novel about a teenager who discovers his father is gay. Published in 1997 by The Original Press;
*Witness: Gay and Lesbian Clergy Report from the Front, a nonfiction exploration of gay and lesbian Christian ministers. Published in 2000 by Westminster John Knox Press.
*Moving On: The Gay Man's Guide for Coping When a Relationship Ends, a self-help book, predating marriage equality, for gay men who are dealing with the end of a long-term relationship. Published in 1999 by Kensington Publishing Company.
*The Transition of Sinful Sadie, a fictitious romp through the farce of televangelism, with a more serious subplot about a male-to-female transsexual who fights to maintain her marriage. Published in 2002 by iUniverse.
*Making Walt Disney World Vacation Memories and A Walt Disney World Outing, two travel guides, co-authored by Josh Fippen and Dann Hazel, which provide many tips for making the most out of a Mouse-based vacation. With the advent of online vacation planning tools, both titles were discontinued.
Dann's short stories, including "The Tick Wars," "Haitian Elegy," and "Riding to Jedburg," focus on characters who face seemingly insurmountable obstacles to personal fulfillment, yet, because of their ability to cultivate confidence in their personal strengths, they emerge victorious from life's challenges.
Dann currently resides with his husband, Josh Fippen, and their Siberian Husky, Rocky, and their American Eskimo dog, Flurry, in beautiful Lake Wales, Florida.