Daniela F. Sieff Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Daniela F. Sieff

Writer & Scholar

I am a writer & scholar with roots in evolutionary anthropology & an active interest in the dynamics of the human psyche. The question that engages me is: 'What makes us who we are?' and I am particularly interested in that question in relation to emotional wounding and healing. My exploration is rooted in both scholarship & personally lived experience.


I am a writer with roots in evolutionary anthropology and an active interest in the dynamics of the human psyche, particularly in relation to emotional wounding and well-being.

I studied Human Sciences as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford - an interdisciplinary degree that considers humans as a biological, social and cultural species. I went on to do a PhD in biological anthropology and to explore how evolutionary processes contribute to shaping human behavior. My research took me to a wilderness region of Tanzania to work with the Datoga, a traditional cattle-herding people. Home was a tent on my Land Rover roof.

In recent years I have focused on what it means to be emotionally wounded, and how we can heal. Being drawn to inter-disciplinary approaches, I've explored this through three perspectives:
1) Psychodynamic psychotherapy, which takes us inside the unconscious mind and body.
2) Neurobiology, which describes the underlying systems that mediate our emotional lives.
3) Evolutionary anthropology, which contextualise our experience in terms of the legacy we have inherited from our ancestors.

My recent book - 'Understanding and Healing Emotional Trauma: Conversations with Pioneering Clinicians and Researchers' is a result of bringing these three perspectives together with my own lived experience.  It was eight years in the making.

For a fuller biography see: http://www.danielasieff.com/about/

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Psychological trauma, emotional wounding and healing, evolutionary anthropology