A psychologist in private practice, Molly Layton writes essays for the Psychotherapy Networker, a magazine which won a National Magazine Award based in part on her writing. She was born in Texas, studied philosophy at the University of Texas, but after the birth of her two children and the family's move to Philadelphia, she gained her doctorate in clinical psychology from Temple University. Son David is a filmmaker in Austin, Texas, and daughter Rebecca is a faculty artist teaching silk screening at the new Applied Art Institute in Amagansatt, Long Island. "I watched the kids makes themselves into artists," Molly says, "and while I noticed that artists' lives lack certain securities, such as automobiles and health insurance, I have nonetheless followed them into it." Her short fiction, "Senseless," was nominated by Carve Magazine for publication in the Pushcart Anthology 2000.