Mary Wimmer

Author, Psychologist

Mary Wimmer is a Wisconsin-based writer and school psychologist. She is the author of Reaching Shore, first place winner of the Midwest Independent Publishers Association-Young Adult Fiction Award. She also is the author of two non-fiction books about School Refusal and Truancy published by the National Association of School Psychologists. Mary has written and presented extensively on the topic of anxiety and depression-based school refusal.

She studied at UW-Stevens Point, UW-Whitewater, and Marquette University where she earned a PhD in Educational Psychology. She has worked as a school psychologist in rural, urban, and suburban settings and has taught at the university level in the fields of psychology and education.

Mary’s new novel, The Art of the Break, about cheesemaking and coping with loss, published by The University of Wisconsin Press, will be available in Fall, 2022. She is working on a third novel, An Unsettled Time.

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Books and essays

Reaching Shore

A novel

Award winning historical novel
for young adults.

School Refusal and Truancy


Evidence-based practices for
school refusal and truancy

Mary’s Essays

Short stories and essays