Founder of the Behavioral Medicine Center and Training Institute, Dr. Dianna Emory is a retired clinical mental health counselor and national educator; a builder of teams that advance personal and environmental wellness; and a volunteer and athlete with deep knowledge of land trusts, green spaces, and national parks. She is the author of Bonding with Nature: Responding to Life’s Challenges and the Aging Process, a philanthropic project (Seapoint Books, May 7, 2018). (Author royalties from retail sales of Bonding with Nature through 2019 benefit Virgin Islands National Park hurricane relief; after that time, author royalties from retail sales benefit medical institutions and organizations working on behalf of the natural world and her creatures).
While in private practice, Emory served on the Allied Health Professional Staff of Mount Desert Island Hospital and as an Adjunct Faculty member at College of the Atlantic. Her doctoral degree was completed at the University of Maine. Board leadership positions have included Friends of Acadia, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Schoodic Institute, Maine Clinical Counselors Association, the Northern New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. She lives on Mount Desert Island and in Brooklin, Maine with her husband, Ben. When not hiking, skiing, sailing, or paddle boarding in Maine, she is climbing the mountains or enjoying the waters of the Eastern Caribbean.