Deborah A. Kahn received her doctorate in Counseling from George Washington University in 1995. The topic of her dissertation—Employed and At-Home Mothers:  A Comparison of their Gender-Related Character Traits and Psychological Rewards Derived from Work—was the stimulus for her follow-up study in 2008, which is the basis for The Roads Taken. Prior to being an at-home mother for fourteen years, she held diverse employment positions and disciplines always guided by a single career objective:  to help people identify, understand, and achieve their goals.

She was Deputy Director of a Virginia Probation and Parole Office, Assistant Director of the National Coalition for Jail Reform, adjunct professor for a community college, and junior high teacher of mathematics.

Deborah lives in Northern Virginia with her husband of 39 years. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.