About Me

I’m Wendy Lyons Sunshine–writer, editor, and avid dog watcher.

I contribute to media outlets, create content for health organizations, lead writing teams, and collaborate with experts. My articles and essays have appeared in specialized publications like Practical Pain Management and AORN Journal and larger outlets, like PsychologyToday.com and The New York Times.

With child development experts, I co-authored two books: THE CONNECTED CHILD, an award-winning parenting bestseller that has sold nearly 300,000 copies, and RAISING THE CHALLENGING CHILD, a practical 5-star resource for families and professionals.

These days I celebrate living in a destination location as Editor-in-Chief of Sarasota Scene magazine and explore the human-animal bond in the Tender Paws blog at PsychologyToday.com.

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♦ Certified FDM, L.E.G.S.® Applied Ethology Family Dog Mediation®
♦ Masters of Arts in Professional and Technical Communication, environmental science cognate, University of North Texas
♦ Bachelor of Arts in English, honors, phi beta kappa, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick


♦ First Place, Outstanding Small Market Reporting, Print, Society of Environmental Journalists
♦ First Amendment Award, Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth
♦ Second Place, Business Reporting, Lone Star Award, Houston Press Club
♦ Certificate of Excellence, Press Club of Dallas
♦ Outstanding Book of the Year, American Society of Journalists & Authors