Chrisanna Northrup is the creator of The New York Times Best Seller, The Normal Bar, and one of the book's co-authors. She thinks of herself as a typical woman in a long-term marriage who is on a quest to determine what is normal in today's relationships. Chrisanna has brought together a highly credentialed team of experts to discover how the rest of the world survives and thrives in relationships. She is also the Founder and CEO of YOU Got Challenged! Inc., a customized online program designed to motivate, inspire, and hold employees accountable to change their current normal to a healthier one.
Elizabeth Dunn is the author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, co-authored with Mike Norton at Harvard Business School. Dunn is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, where she conducts original research on self-knowledge and happiness. Her work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and The London Times, and has even been cited in policy papers by David Cameron's administration in the UK. Two empirical papers were recently published in Science. Dunn has spoken at PopTech!, and was selected as a Chronicle of Higher Education “Rising Star” in academia.
Her research has been featured in hundreds of media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The London Times, Maclean’s, Time, and CNN.
Ashley Whillans is a PhD student in Social Psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Ashley is currently conducting research on motivations to engage in high-impact charitable giving. Her research is funded by the New Paths to Purpose Initiative at the Chicago Booth School of Business. She also consults for charitable organizations to help them more effectively engage with donors.
Pepper Schwartz is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University. She is a co-author of The Normal Bar and is an authority on intimate relationships. She is the author of 16 books (the latest of which is Prime: Adventures and Advice on Love, Sex and the Sensual Years, HarperCollins, 2007). She is Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and wrote the "Sex and Health" column for Glamour magazine for seven years. She blogs for Bewell.com, Psych.Today.com, Triporati.com and the Seattle Post Intelligencer. She has appeared on such television programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Dateline, Dr. Phil and Lifetime.
James Witte is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Social Science Research at George Mason University; he received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. He is The Normal Bar’s third co-author. His expertise includes survey research methods, the sociology of the Internet, and the study of economy and society, family and statistics. He is the co-creator of OnQ (On-line Questionnaire Survey)
Roy P. Pargas Professor; Ph.D. Computer Science, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Pargas is our lead programmer. His expertise includes co-creator of the highly successful and widely used (On-line Questionnaire Survey).
Glenn Bautista is a Technology Consultant in various industries assisting the Normal Bar with its programming, database and technology. Glenn is Co-Founder and CTO of YOU Got Challenged!, Inc. (yougotchallenged.com), an online platform designed to challenge a corporation's employees towards a better lifestyle. Prior to partnering with Chrisanna on the Normal Bar and YOU Got Challenged!, Glenn worked for 15+ years for one of the largest insurance general agencies in the US, helping them develop their online presence. When he decided to make the leap of faith and give up his position as their Senior Software Engineer, that decision allowed him to combine his two greatest passions in life... technology and helping others achieve their goals.
Stacy D'Aguiar Born in Washington D.C., D'Aguiar became an artist at an early age. Besides illustrating for the Normal Bar, she creates fabulous works on canvas, metal and wood. Her passion for life and nature continues to inspire her point of view and achieve the versatility to work across a spectrum ranging from surrealism to abstract. You can view more of her work at unreal-art.com