Sheryl Canter, the author and designer of this site, earned an M.A. in Counseling from New York University in 1980 and led her first support group for emotional eaters at the N.Y.U. Counseling Center.
She went on to work on a doctorate in Social/Personality Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center, but became entranced with computers while doing her independent research, and left before writing her dissertation to pursue a career in the computer industry. For the next 20 years, Sheryl worked as a programmer, editor, and writer, focusing mainly on computer software and technology.
In 2002, while still involved in the computer industry, Sheryl returned to her educational roots by starting the Normal Eating Support Group, an online community to help people free themselves from emotional and compulsive eating. The popularity of the group eventually led to the writing of Normal Eating® for Normal Weight.