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About Judy Stanigar

Judy Stanigar is a psychotherapist and an emerging author. Her novel, Marika's Best Laid Plan, is due to be published by All Things That Matter Press in 2021.


Judy sees herself as a voyager. She was born and raised in Israel and moved to the U.S in her teens. After graduating from Columbia University with a Master’s in Clinical Social Work, she worked as a psychotherapist in a variety of settings. She has lived in many cities across the U.S. but considers herself a non-reformed New Yorker.


She writes with a therapist's keen observation of human nature, and enjoys writing about people's frailties, which make them lovable and relatable. She infuses her characters with humor and poignancy in equal measure.  


Judy has also lived in Jamaica where she taught at the University of the West Indies. She now resides in San Diego with her husband. Her spare time is spent writing, painting, walking the local beaches and trails, and cooking Israeli food with a Jamaican twist. She’s also trying to keep the flowers in her garden from dying.

My latest projects
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Published Oct. 2021

Illustration by Emma Halpern

When the mood strikes, I love to paint...

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