I have been a lecturer of world religions at institutions of higher education since 1992. I am currently teaching a class on world religions and social work at the University of Texas at Austin. My primary research interests are in the following areas:
- Life after death and near-death experiences (NDEs) in world religions
Among my publications are four books: The Divine Art of Meditation: Meditation and Visualization Techniques for a Healthy Mind, Body and Soul, Life After Death: A Study of the Afterlife in World Religions, The Story of the Prophets, and Divine Educators (co-authored with my husband, Bijan Masumian).
Life After Death has so far been translated into Russian, Polish, and Indonesian and won first prize in the religion/spirituality category at the 1998 Beijing, China Book Fair. In October 2006, I presented a research paper, “Spirituality, World Religions, and NDE,” at the 30th anniversary conference of the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS). The conference was held at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston. In June 2009, the proceedings of that conference were published as a book titled The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation. My research appears in chapter 8 of that book.
My most recent book is (The Divine Art of Meditation: Meditation and Visualization Techniques for a Healthy Mind, Body and Soul) is the result of almost a decade of research on the subject of meditation. It was published by George Ronald of Oxford, England in December 2014.
In my spare time, I offer a variety of community services including workshops, presentations, and ESL classes through different organizations. I also enjoy reading and gardening.