About the Authors


Jody J. Foster, MD, MBA is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Vice Chair of Clinical Operations for the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital. Her clinical practice includes general psychiatry, with a special emphasis on treating acute inpatients, psychopharmacology, and corporate development that provides support and evaluation services to executives. Dr. Foster completed both a residency and a chief residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology and mood disorders at The Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital.  She also attained her masters of business administration, with a concentration in finance, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Foster serves as the Executive Medical Director of Penn Behavioral Health Corporate Services and leads the Professionalism Committees at the member hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She manages the Professionalism Program at Penn Medicine, a publicly offered consultation service, as the Executive Clinical Director. Dr. Foster is a noted educator and has received numerous awards for clinical excellence and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania.  She was elected to Penn Medicine’s inaugural class of the Academy of Master Clinicians and has been named a “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine.

Originally from South Florida, Michelle Joy graduated from Brown University in 2007 with an ScB in Cognitive Neuroscience, as an MD from Yale School of Medicine in 2012, and from Psychiatry Residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She provides clinical care and works in the intersections of mental health, narrative medicine, philosophy, and ethics with particular interests in community and forensic psychiatry. Michelle is also a writer and editor and has long believed that science and the humanities are best conceived of and treated as complementary, which drives her interest in psychiatry. She publishes nonfiction, poetry, and prose in various medical and literary journals.