Shannon Kolakowski, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice providing treatment for adults, couples and adolescents. In the past, she served as an adjunct faculty member at the college and graduate school level, teaching marriage and family, counseling, and psychology courses. She has conducted research on weight loss and obesity in men. Her professional background has included a broad range of clinical settings, including a psychiatric hospital, academic institutions, an outpatient mental health clinic, psychological assessment, and crisis intervention settings. Her post-doctoral experience included working with teens, parents and teachers in the school system, and serving as Director of the San Diego Harmonium parent/youth partner program.
Dr. Kolakowski is active in the psychology community. She served as past council member and membership chair of the Washington State Psychological Association and was awarded a WSPA Outstanding Service Award for 2011. An active member of APA, she served as chair of the early career psychology task force of APA Division 31 and launched the Division 31 ECP blog.
Dr. Kolakowski is a contributing expert for dailyRX.com and writes a blog for the Huffington Post. She has been interviewed for publications such as Redbook, Men’s Health Magazine, Shape, eHarmony and ParentMap. Her new book, When Depression Hurts Your Relationship: How to Regain Intimacy and Reconnect With Your Partner When You’re Depressed (New Harbinger Publications) is now available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. It will hit store shelves March 2014. Dr. Kolakowski is currently writing her second book, Single, Shy and Looking for Love: A Dating Guide for the Shy and Socially Anxious, which will be in stores September 2014.