Jeff Koob was born in Tokyo in 1948 and raised as an Army brat, living in SC, KS, GA, VA and CA before living in Vienna, Austria from1958-62. He attended high school in Columbus, GA. He graduated from The Citadel (Military College of SC) in 1970, with a BA in English and an Army commission. After four years as a lieutenant - three of them in Germany - he attended West GA College (now University of W. GA) and earned a Masters in psychology. He worked as a public sector psychologist for over thirty years, mostly at community mental health centers in AL and SC, but also at juvenile and adult prisons, and running a housing program for homeless mentally ill people in Columbia, SC. He has worked in a treatment program for juvenile sex offenders and in a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment program, for persons diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. With his wife, Maria Madeo, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica (1991-3), assigned as the ward psychologist on the detox/rehab ward of the University Hospital of the West Indies. He also served as a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer at Ground Zero in Manhattan, after the attacks on the World Trade Center. His last position before retiring in 2013 was as a ward psychologist on a locked ward at SC's largest psychiatric hospital. He continues to advocate for the rights of the mentally ill. Koob has written two books: TWO YEARS IN KINGSTON TOWN - A PEACE CORPS MEMOIR (iUniverse, 2002)) and AD NAUSEAM: HOW ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS CHANGED EVERYTHING (iUniverse, 2015). He has a number of other works in various stages of gestation.