My goal is to increase personal peace, health and happiness by promoting understanding of the relationship between the mind, body and spirit. Featured information encourages physical and spiritual well-being as an integrative treatment element in addressing obesity, depression and generalized anxiety disorders.
Prayers and Apples is divided into two main parts: the blog (full of fun posts, random pictures and easy-to-understand explanations of scientific research) and the research database (where you can search through hundreds and hundreds of mind-body-spirit related studies).
Featured blog posts can seem pretty random, including everything from how blueberries improve memory to bible verses – but they all have one thing in common: promoting exploration of the mind-body-spirit relationship! As a psychology student, I tailored my course load to reflect the interests that Prayers and Apples represents (with a strong background in ethical studies). A sample of completed classes includes:
- Mind, Brain, Health and Education (Dr. Stephanie Peabody, Dr. Kurt Fisher)
- Medicine and the Body in East Asia and Europe (Dr. Shigehisa Kuriyama)
- Medical Detectives (Dr. Shawn Murphy)
- Adult Development (Dr. Robert Kegan)
- Creativity: Madness, Genius and Harvard Students (Dr. Shelley Carson)
- Abnormal Psychology (Dr. Shelley Carson)
- Ethical Theory (Dr. Jeff McConnell)
- Social and Ethical Issues (Dr. Jason D’Cruz)
- Religion, Liberalism and Democracy (Dr. Jan Feldman)
- Religion, The Arts and Social Change (Dr. Diane Moore)
- Psychological Resilience (Dr. Shelley Carson)
- The Science of Physical Activity Applied to Health and Well-Being (Dr. Edward Phillips)
- The Science and Application of Positive Psychology (Dr. Stephanie Peabody)
- Evolutionary Psychology (Dr. Max Krasnow)
The following was created as part of the Prayers and Apples Indiegogo Project. Although the fundraising campaign has since closed, this video serves as a good summary of what Prayers and Apples is all about!
(To see the work that resulted from this project, check out: Depression Research Everybody Deserves to Know.)
I’ve also studied film production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as public relations at the University of South Carolina Honors College, Kent State Honors College and Westminster College (one semester each) – what can I say, I’m a bit of a free spirit!
In between college hopping, I love to have adventures! I don’t have Facebook, which is why you’ll sometimes see the occasional post about one of my crazy trips or haircuts (hence the random pictures to your left!). I also love music, so sometimes that finds its way in here too ;)
To get in touch with me, just fill out the form below (or email me directly at: jessicawalters [at] alumni [dot] harvard [dot] edu)!
Hope you enjoy! ♥ xo