Karen A. McClintock is the author of a memoir and six books on clergy and congregational care. She is a former faculty member in the psychology department at Southern Oregon University.  She continues to teach on-line courses in family secrets, trauma recovery, and trauma-informed care.  She provides workshops on each of her books and consultations with clergy and congregations.

A month after retiring from private practice as a psychologist, she was approached by Fortress Press and asked to write a book on trauma.  When Trauma Wounds: Pathways to Healing and Hope was released 2019. It combines psychological and faith resources to improve trauma recovery. It offers healing strategies for trauma survivors and those working with trauma survivors.

Raised in Columbus Ohio, she began her educational trajectory by moving west to attend Pacific School of Religion and thereafter worked as a parish pastor and chaplain. She assisted healthcare providers with multiple-loss grief during the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay area. Her father’s secret sexual orientation and the discovery of his long-term partner became the subject of her 2017 memoir, My Father’s Closet.

Understanding the challenges of secrets and family systems, she began writing for and about the congregations she served as pastor early in her career. Her book, Shame-Less Lives, Grace-full Congregations (Alban) sheds light on patterns of shame which limit interpersonal connection within family and organizational systems.  Healthy Disclosure in Congregations, co-authored with Dr. Kibbie Ruth, (Alban) explores professional ethics, communication boundaries, secrets in congregations, and sexual abuse prevention. She has also authored; Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations (Alban) and Sexual Shame: An Urgent Call to Healing (Fortress Press).

In 2022 while the pandemic swept through the nation, fires ravaged communities in the west, and the nation was awakened to ongoing racial violence with the death of George Floyd, she taught clergy workshops on trauma that became the basis for her newest release: Trauma-Informed Pastoral Care: How to Respond When Things Fall Apart (Fortress).