Hello, I am a board-certified chaplain at VITAS Healthcare and a well-being researcher and psychology faculty member at Cornerstone University. I received my doctorate in psychology at Argosy University in 2014 after my seminary education in pastoral counseling in 2006. My areas of expertise and research interests include well-being, spiritual care, self-care, compulsivity and optimal functioning.
Following a period of poor self-care and the need for back surgery, I started embracing and researching better self-care and applying my expertise in well-being. My favorite self-care strategies are: daily gratitudes, morning smoothies, swimming, weekly massage, connecting with my faith community, playing basketball once a week (as my back allows), cheering on my beloved Golden State Warriors, and most importantly, spending evenings and weekends with my lovely, smoothie-master wife and two growing sons. We wrap up the day with laughter...Impractical Jokers is a family favorite.
I am also an ordained pastor serving Sundays at Grace Community church in San Francisco. Feel free to dialogue with me on self-care and well-being.
Rev. Dr. Hotchkiss, EdD, MDiv