Constance “Ahuva Batya” Scharff, PhD is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the topics of addiction and trauma recovery, the psychological impacts of climate change, and women’s mental health. She is the founder of the Institute for Complementary and Indigenous Mental Health Research. Her writing centers around using complementary health and contemplative practices to improve mental health treatment outcomes and wellbeing. She is a passionate advocate for decolonizing mental healthcare and incorporating indigenous practices and ontologies into healthcare services, as well as radical social transformation to lessen the impacts of climate change. Dr. Scharff is a recent recipient of St. Lawrence University’s Sol Feinstone Humanitarian Award, honoring her service to and advocacy for those suffering from mental illness, trauma, and addiction. She regularly travels the world speaking, teaching, and advocating for compassionate health practices that destigmatize mental health problems and sociocultural adjustments to improve human existence and experience.
Join the Research Team
Currently, Dr. Scharff is working on a new project researching the experience of bravery. A Year of Living Bravely will be an important work adding to our current understanding of bravery, especially among people many might not initially consider “brave.” If you’d like to be part of this important research, consider giving to our Go Fund Me campaign, to support the costs of the research.
Read My Books
Path to God’s Promise Book Signing Tour
- Bellingham, WA, Monday, October 23, 2023 at 6 pm, Village Books in Fairhaven. Tickets here.
- Salem, OR, Sunday, November 5 at 10 am, Temple Beth Sholom. Admission is free.
- Spokane, WA, November 12 at 1 pm, Barnes and Noble (4750 N. Division St.). Admission is free.
Praise for Dr. Scharff
Dr. Scharff is compassionate and straightforward. She helped me to see how I limit myself through negative self-talk.
I never expected anyone to support me the way Dr. Scharff has. She doesn’t let me give up on myself.
I went from a homeless vet to nursing school applicant because of the belief Doc showed in my abilities. She helped me learn how to believe in myself.
I frequently feel hopeless. The glass isn’t even half-full. Sometimes, it’s empty. Doc reminds me that that’s not true, and that I can live a life with hope.
Dr. Scharff has been through hell, so she knew the path to lead me out of it.
I participated in Dr. Scharff’s workshop at the NAMI conference. I couldn’t imagine that an hour could change my life, but it has.
Constance helped me see with new eyes.
My team is experiencing better function and communication, and fewer complaints about stress.
You are a magnificent human. Thank you for always being an inspiration to me.
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