Clinical Psychologist, Consultant, Author, Speaker
Speaks on: Technology, Children and Family, Parenting, Education, Social and Emotional Learning, Health and Wellness, Bullying, Psychology, Non- Fiction, Leadership, Media, Girls and Women ‘s Issues, Body Image, Social issues, Information Age, College Campus, Featured Community, Family and Business, Addictions
Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant and award winning author.
Author of the award-winning book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (HarperCollins), Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which the wonders of technology and media also change how children learn and grow, and shows parents and educators how to reap the benefits of tech while reducing the risks it poses at every stage of child development. In The Big Disconnect (cited as a Wall Street Journal TOP 10 Best Non-Fiction 2013) and in her work internationally as a speaker and consultant, Dr. Steiner-Adair identifies digital age challenges for parents and educators, and ways to strengthen children’s social and emotional development to help them grow to be responsible, resilient, confident, and capable young adults. In her book, as in her keynote presentations, Dr. Steiner-Adair shares real-life stories from her clinical practice and her work with educators, experts, parents, and children, including extensive interviews with students from pre-school through high school and beyond.
A leading expert specializing in child development, education, family relationships, and workplace/family integration, Dr. Steiner-Adair speaks and consults on a wide range of topics, including social and emotional learning and nourishing healthy relationships in the digital age, and developing a thoughtful approach to technology in school and life, and girls issues. Her pioneering research and work in the field of girls’ risk and resilience is the basis for her popular school-based girls leadership program, in which Steiner-Adair shows how to deconstruct the unhealthy cultural messages that make girls vulnerable to self-image problems and eating disorders. Her audiences worldwide include educators, parent organizations, health professionals, corporations and non-profit organizations, children’s camps, and religious groups.
The focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen—children constantly playing on devices, texting their friends while going online to do homework, and parents working online or using social media around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Dr. Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that help parents achieve greater understanding, authority and confidence as they engage with the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms. Easy access to the internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children and Dr. Steiner-Adair helps her audiences to understand the psychological fallout that children are experiencing, often with their parents unaware.
A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Steiner-Adair's warmth, humor, and compassionate understanding of children and the adults who care about them makes for an extremely compelling presentation. Her ability to weave research and real-life stories leaves her audiences enlightened and emotionally equipped with new strategies to handle parenting in the digital age. While discussing how chronic technological distractions can have deep and lasting effects on children and parents alike, Dr. Steiner-Adair proves that children need parents and educators to provide what technology cannot: close, meaningful interactions with the adults in their lives and purposeful learning and play in real life. She gives her audiences the skills to deconstruct unhealthy messages from online culture and create space for nourishing deep attention, creativity, empathy, and healthy relationships.
Through the past 30 years, Dr. Steiner-Adair has presented keynotes, workshops and trainings at more than 500 hundred schools, and at professional conferences throughout the United States, and in Europe, South America, Central America, the Middle East and Asia.
As a school consultant she helps schools meet the challenges of educating 21st Century students to be smart, culturally savvy and compassionate global citizens. She speaks with students, faculty and parents on a wide range of topics related to: the impact of technology on childhood, education and family life: social and emotional learning and psychological well being: parenting challenges and work/family balance: revisioning advisory, health and wellness and strengthening school culture, and leadership education.
Dr. Steiner-Adair works with school Heads, boards, faculty, parents, and students, with consultations that can range from an evening talk, a one-to three-day visit, or, as with many schools, an ongoing relationship that spans many years. She is often invited to present to health professionals, non-profit organizations, corporate retreats, fund raising events, professional development and continuing education conferences, PTA’s, synagogues and clergy groups, and camping and youth organizations.
As a resource to the media, Dr. Steiner-Adair has appeared on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, Al Jazeera and Fox News. She can be heard on NPR affiliates around the country, and is often quoted in newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, WSJ, Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN Opinion, Time and in the International press. She is also a contributor whose work has been published in online platforms and other publications including the Huffington Post, CNN, Opinion, Parent.Org, Quartz.com
Dr. Steiner-Adair's long standing interest in cultural values that undermine children's healthy development began in her early years as a doctoral student at Harvard, and while she served as a school psychologist at Phillips Academy Andover. Her award-winning research led to the acclaimed middle school program "Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, and Leadership," a social and emotional learning curriculum that strengthens girls’ self and body esteem and gives girls tools to resist the culture of body preoccupation and disordered eating. Full of Ourselves has been hailed as the first successful middle school-based primary prevention program of its kind. Developed at Harvard Medical School, this curriculum is currently adapted in the NYC Girl’s Project and Campaign, and is being translated for use in other countries.
Dr. Steiner-Adair has a private practice in Cambridge MA, where she works with children, adults, couples, and families. She is a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital, and is the scholar in residence at the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute.
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