Dr. Tom DeLoughry is the author of The Friendship Trilogy.
His experience and training enables him to write with authority and sensitivity about the emotional, medical and spiritual issues that threaten three generations in The Friendship Trilogy.
His book of short stories: “What I Wish I Knew” and related programs were honored by AARP’s Social Impact Award as “a simple mind-body-spirit program for seniors, adults and teens of any faith, or no faith.”
His interest in the connection between the mind, body and Spirit is evidenced by his career in which he served as:
- Senior Counselor, West Side Counseling Center, a storefront drug abuse program
- Director of drug abuse and adolescent services in Child Psychiatry at Buffalo Children’s Hospital
- Corporate Director of Health Management Services at Independent Health, a large managed care organization
- Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, State University of NY at Buffalo
- Director of the Center of Renewal, a Franciscan retreat center at Stella Niagara, NY
- Co-leader of Forgiving Yourself, Others and God with his wife, Kathy DeLoughry, a program for faith-based and community organizations to improve communication, reduce stress, enhance forgiveness and deepen prayer
For nearly forty years he and his wife, Kathy, played in a music group similar to the Trilogy’s Friendship. Like the spiritual explorers in the novel, they still benefit from the teachings of both Eastern and Christian faiths.
He has a masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and a doctorate (Ed.D.) in health education and behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
He is the author of Spirituality and Eldercare, a chapter in a Templeton Press textbook, Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing, edited by Harold Koenig and Verna Carson. He is the creator of the American Lung Association’s national program for emphysema and chronic bronchitis, Help Patients To Better Breathing; the CBS HealthWatch.com feature series, The Managed Care Guide and Never Too Old To Be Well, a multi-media program (booklet, flyers, video DVD, computer CD) for the whole family, the whole organization and the whole community.
He is the former chair of Older Adult Ministries for the United Methodist Church of Upper New York and former associate director of the National Forum on Spirituality and Aging (NAFOSA).
He is the Executive Director for the Center for Health Management, a private consulting agency offering programs for the whole person, the whole organization and the whole community.
He can be reached by email at tdeloughry@BeingYourBest.org