Journalist, Humorist, Novelist


By day Rebecca Coffey is a science journalist, contributing for over 40 years to outlets including, Scientific American, Discover,, Publishers Weekly, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, JSTOR Daily, Dame,, Vermont Public Radio, and the Genetic Literacy Project. She has appeared on syndicated talk shows like WNYC’s The Takeaway, WAMC’s 51 Percent, Fox News’ Happening Now, The Bob Edwards ShowThe Jim Bohannon Show, The Stephanie Miller Show, NPR’s Air Talk with Larry Mantle, and on major-market programs produced by NPR affiliates in New York, Boston, Hartford, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Albany, and Indianapolis. She speaks at colleges and universities and at conferences, and she was an invited speaker at the 50th Congress of the International Psychoanalytic Association in Buenos Aires.

She is also the author of several journalistic psychology books for the general public. One won an Outstanding Academic Book award from the American Library Association’s Choice magazine.

But by night Rebecca is a novelist and humorist.

  • HYSTERICAL: Anna Freud’s Story was named an “Over the Rainbow” book by the American Library Association. It came out May 13, 2014 from She Writes Press. Booklist called HYSTERICAL “complexly entertaining, sexually dramatic, [and] acidly funny” and LAMBDA said it’s “got a plot so rife with tension it’ll make you squirm.” Oprah’s O Magazine recommended it in the June 2015 issue.
  • NIETZSCHE’S ANGEL FOOD CAKE: And Other “Recipes” for the Intellectually Famished was published in October 2013 by Beck & Branch. About NIETZSCHE’S, Erika Penzer Kerekes, Food Columnist for the L. A. EXAMINER wrote, “Oh my God, I love these! More! More! More! This will appeal to foodies and literary types, and will stretch the boundaries of the ‘cookoir’ genre, for sure.”

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