About Catherine Steiner-Adair Ed.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Consultant, Author, Speaker


Speaks on: Chid Development, Education, Technology, , Parenting and Work-Life Balance, Social and Emotional Learning, Health and Wellness, Psychological Risk and Resilience, Anxiety and Stress, Girls and Women’s Issues, Body Image, Work -Life Balance, Social Media,Tech Addiction, Gender Equity, Healthy Relationships, Ethics, Leadership Education

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker and consultant.

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker and consultant.

An expert on the impact of technology on child development, education and family relationships, her focus is ensuring that today’s students – our children – have not just the technological tools they need as they inherit the AI future, but the tools of our humanity – the empathy, ethics, social and emotional intelligence and DEI competencies they will need to thrive in our ever-changing interconnected world.

Since the 2013 publication of her award-winning book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (a Wall Street Journal Best Nonfiction Book of the Year in 2013, since published in Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, and Korean), Dr. Steiner-Adair has consulted internationally to help schools, parent organizations, governmental agencies, corporations and health professionals strengthen the psychological health and wellbeing of students, and minimize the neurological, psychological and social fallout tech poses at each stage of development, pre K-12.

Dr. Steiner-Adair works with students of all ages, parents and youth organizations, health and education professional conferences, YPOs and other leadership groups, NGOs, corporations, and organizational fund raisers, and also serves as a resource to the media.

Dr. Steiner-Adair received a BA in Philosophy and English from Bowdoin College, and worked as a school psychologist at Phillips Academy Andover while earning her Doctorate at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Her earlier work on the psychological development of girls and the emergence of eating disorders led to the development of Full of Ourselves,: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health and Leadership, the first program of its kind to successfully strengthen girls’ body image and self-acceptance, and decrease their vulnerability to harmful cultural messages that direct them to unhealthy eating and body pre-occupation. This curriculum has been adapted for different cultural contexts, including use in “Every Body Matters,” an outreach program for the diverse populations of girls throughout New York City, and adaptation for Jewish girls in religious schools in the USA and Israel.
Dr Steiner-Adair’s work on gender equity and leadership education is ongoing at both single sex and co-ed schools. She is on the Board of Directors of the Hamlin School in San Francisco and was formerly a trustee at the Winsor School in Boston.

Dr. Steiner-Adair was a Clinical Psychologist and Research Associate at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School for over 20 years. She has written three books, numerous academic papers and contributed chapters to books related to child development, education, mental health, and parenting. She serves on several advisory boards and is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute.

Dr. Steiner-Adair maintains a small private psychotherapy practice in Cambridge, MA.

As a school consultant, Dr Steiner-Adair helps schools strengthen their school culture, core curriculum and create new programs and initiatives that support students’ psychological wellbeing, social competence and leadership education ( Pre-K thru 12th grade).

Dr Steiner-Adair works with school heads, boards, faculty, students, and parents, providing consultations that range from evening talks to one- to three-day visits, to a relationship that lasts several years.
When visiting a school, she often meets with children in all divisions, faculty, leadership teams and parents on diverse topics including how to maximize the wonders of tech while minimizing the psychological, neurological and social fallout, reducing psychological risk, increasing resilience, and helping children make socially responsible ethical choices as they prepare to be leaders.
Dr. Steiner-Adair also works with a small number of schools as an ongoing external consulting psychologist. These relationships can last a few months to several years, and typically involve helping a school with culture, curriculum and program development. Examples include:
• helping a school evaluate and revision their Counseling Department;
• helping a school develop an integrated approach to Counseling and Student Support Services, SEL, Health, DEI and Advisory;
• helping a 3 Division School develop a new school-wide initiative and a new core curriculum that provides an integrated approach to Health and Wellbeing, DEI, SEL, Ethics and Leadership Education, Advisory, Human Development and Sexuality, Digital Health and Citizenship.

Dr. Steiner-Adair has spoken at schools throughout North America, Europe, Central and South America, Asia, and the Middle East.
She enjoys working with children in all divisions, from pre-school through high school, their teachers and parents.

Over the past several years, Dr. Steiner-Adair has served as a crisis consultant to school communities confronting evidence of past or present ethical violations, working with leadership teams, boards of trustees, lawyers, alumni, faculty and students.

Dr Steiner-Adair is often invited to present at professional development and continuing education conferences for educators and mental health professionals, non-profit organizations, industry and corporations, PTAs, YPOs and other leadership organizations, synagogues and clergy groups, camping and youth organizations, retreats and think tanks, and at organizational fundraising events.

Dr. Steiner-Adair has presented keynotes, workshops and trainings at schools and professional conferences throughout the United States, and in Europe, South America, Central America, the Middle East and Asia.

When visiting a school, Dr. Steiner-Adair oftenspeaks with students, faculty and parents on a wide range of topics, including child development and parenting, psychological risk and resilience , social and emotional intelligence and leadership education, best practices for technology at school and home, gender equity and leadership education. She enjoys working with children in all divisions, from pre-school through high school, their teachers and parents.

When leading a retreat on the impact of tech on family relationships , Dr Steiner-Adair helps adults understand the nuances of the impact of tech on family relationships and child development and gives her audience practical strategies to manage the demands of work-life balance in the digital age. For example, on a full day YPO retreat, she worked in the morning with all attendees, followed by separate sessions for the YPO members, then a new separate session for their partners, and concluded the day with a everyone learning more about how to use tech as an ally to strengthen family relationships.

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, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, CNN Opinion, Time, The Atlantic online, and in the international press.