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Dr Margee Kerr

Sociologist and author

Margee Kerr is a sociologist and author. She earned her PhD in 2009 from the University of Pittsburgh and currently teaches and conducts research on fear, specifically how and why people engage in 'scary' experiences like haunted attractions, horror movies, and paranormal investigations. She enjoys working as a consultant for attractions and museums and is the author of  SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear named as a must read by the Washington Post. Her latest book with co-author Linda Rodriguez McRobbie OUCH: Why pain hurts and why it doesn’t have to, will be published in 2021. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Parade, Atlantic Monthly, and NPR’s Science Friday, among other places.

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Feeling Scared of the Gym? You’re Not Alone

Our research shows 50% of us are scared of the gym – but they don’t have to be scary places! Read our report on what makes the gym feel intimidatin...

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Advice on overcoming your gym anxiety

Dr. Margee Kerr shares 9 practical and easy ways to help you acknowledge and conquer your fear of the gym.Read more

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