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Josephine Paul

PhD-researcher, PhD students


Josephine Paul is a PhD student in Social Health Sciences at Vrije Universiteit, Brussels. Her doctoral research investigates how psychotherapy, in a culinary setting, co-creates a collaborative-dialogic space that enriches the identity stories of adolescents who struggle with anxiety. More specifically, her goal is to gain insight into the experience and meaning of participating in collaborative-dialogic practices in a culinary setting and to explore the identity stories of adolescents who have been formally diagnosed or who self-identify as anxious, from the adolescent’s perspective. She holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University, Texas, USA and a bachelor’s degree in Vocational Education, with an emphasis on food and beverage preparation, from Sacramento State University, California, USA. Josephine’s background spans a diverse range of disciplines that include working as a European trained pastry chef and a culinary arts instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years before becoming a licensed psychotherapist. She is currently the Director of Mental Health Services for Xavier Academy and is on faculty at the Houston Galveston Institute, Houston, Texas


Laarbeeklaan 103
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Gebouw K
1090 Brussels