Dr. Derry is a researcher, theorist, and educator, who was for many years a research health psychologist. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University; postdoctoral training in research health psychology from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and she independently studied biology in the departments of zoology and psychology at U.C., Berkeley. Her work has resulted in more than thirty professional publications. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research for eight years. She works independently in Baltimore, Maryland, formerly as “Paula Derry Enterprises in Health Psychology,” currently as "Paula Derry Holistic Health Perspectives."