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Stacey Dearing, PhD is an Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.Dr. Stacey Dearing received her Ph.D. in early American literature from Purdue University in 2018 and is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor of English at Siena College. In addition, she has an M.A. in American literature from Auburn University (2012) and a B.A. in history and English from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI (2009). Her research largely focuses on the medical humanities and material culture; she is particularly interested in how writing enables agency in narratives of illness, injury, and disability. She teaches courses on business writing, writing in the health and human sciences, early American literature, and Science Fiction. Prior to arriving at Siena, she served as an instructor at Washtenaw Community College, with the Warrior-Scholar Project, and with the Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project.

Her research and writing project explores patient agency and mental health in the colonial period.