Dr. Barbara Russell Chesser grew up hearing the deep rich chords of storytelling. As a child, she enjoyed her large extended family's heartwarming stories, and that family tradition is still very much alive today. Her academic studies reinforced her fascination with how and why people play out the drama of their lives. After graduating at the top of her university class, Barbara continued to study the dynamics of human behavior.

After earning a master's degree from Mills College and a Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University, Barbara taught at several universities, including the University of Nebraska, the University of Nevada, the University of Arkansas, Texas Woman's University and Chapman College. She also carried out short-term assignments in Greece, the Philippines, Nigeria, Tanzania, Swaziland and Morocco.

Her coauthored books include a marriage and family college textbook and three other books, including Fatal Moments, a compelling account of recovery from the trauma of accidentally killing someone. She is the sole author of other books, including 21 Myths That Can Wreck Your Marriage and Because You Care: Practical Ideas for Helping Those Who Grieve. She has written for professional journals and popular magazines, including the Journal of Religion and Health and Reader's Digest.

Barbara is president of Success Motivation, Inc., a research and development company in a global enterprise of more than forty companies.

Barbara's home life centers on Del, Christi, Michael and Mandi. Dr. Del Chesser is Barbara's husband, a Baylor University professor and a CPA. Christi is their daughter, she is also a CPA and a financial analyst. Michael is Christi's husband and a programmer analyst. Mandi is a devoted black-and-white Lhasa Apso who has spent many happy hours with Barbara working on Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul.

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