Peggy Elam is a licensed psychologist, publisher, journalist, poet, and artist. She lives in and works out of Nashville, TN.
Before earning an M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology at Vanderbilt University, she graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a bachelor's degree in journalism and English and worked for the Jackson, MS Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi's largest daily newspaper, for several years as a reporter, editor, and columnist.
She combined her expertise in writing/editing and psychology to found Pearlsong Press in 2003. The independent publishing company specializes in books that are body-mind-spirit positive and fat friendly, promoting health and happiness at every size.
Dr. Elam hosted the Health At Every Size show on Radio Free Nashville for several years, and is a former emotional health expert for iVillage.com. She has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, The Tennessean, Mademoiselle, Teen, the BBC, and local television and radio shows in Tennessee and around the country. She has been a featured guest expert in chat sessions on WebMD, America Online, and Something Fishy (eating disorders website), and facilitated a weekly chat session on emotional health topics for Allhealth.com from 1998 through late 2000.
She is the author of "Collateral Damage: Fat Kids, Dieting & Eating Disorders" in the book Fat Kids: Truth and Consequences (Rebecca Weinstein, Beaufort Books, 2014).
A limited edition letterhead broadsheet of her poem "Sacred Space" was published in winter 2004 by Tulip Poplar Press of Middle Tennessee State University. She also had poems published in Radiance magazine and the Journal of Sacred Feminine Wisdom.
After completing her academic work at Vanderbilt University, she deepened her holistic focus through training in bodywork and various spiritual and "alternative" healing practices, from ancient and modern mystery schools to Native American medicine wheels to psychological acupressure techniques such as Thought Field Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques to Reiki, Healing Touch, and craniosacral therapy.