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Testimonials

“This is a most sincere THANK YOU!! You have such a stunning way of communicating your incredibly deep knowledge of this complex challenge in our society. You did this with warmth, humanness, humor and brilliance. We cannot thank you enough for taking the time out of your very full schedule. Your message is a real wake-up call for all of us—in all aspects of our lives. I was happy to see that my “screen time” is down 24% since your visit. I’m determined to lower it more.

We are certainly grateful for your visit.” Patricia-Maria Weinmann

Associate Coordinator, "The Hack Your Mind Team” M.I.T.

“Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair was a phenomenal lead speaker and presenter for our Social Emotional Learning conference at the Graded School in São Paulo, Brazil.  Dr. Steiner-Adair is a rare find— not only is she an expert in her field, grounded in current research and best practice, but she connects brilliantly with diverse audiences.  She spoke on a range of issues, from how technology is changing family and school life, student anxiety, calming the college frenzy, video game and internet addiction, to relationships in the digital age. She tailored each presentation to her audience, whether Middle School students, High School students, parents or educators. Her talks captured the attention of her audiences, challenging all of us to reflect on our own work and actions. Her talks were the impetus for many consequent conversations – including improving our advisory programs and including social-emotional wellbeing in our strategic plan, to name a couple. Parents felt inspired to work together to implement her suggestions, and students banded together in different ways to be more mindful about how technology effects their daily lives at school and home.   We can’t wait to have Dr. Stenier-Adair back in Brazil for follow up conversations. Her messages ring to the heart of our mission and values.” Roberto d’Erizans

Middle School Division Head, The Graded School – The American School in São Paulo

“Catherine Steiner-Adair was a terrific keynote speaker at our annual parent education event this year. We hosted over 1,200 attendees, and the statistics, trends, and research she cited were exactly the type of information the families in our community were eager to hear. She helped parents gain a better understanding of media use from the youth perspective as well as both the positive and negative effects technology can have on family and peer relationships. Parents and educators alike were buzzing about her presentation throughout the conference and have since been excited to invite Catherine to speak to their school communities this school year.” Kathy Koo

Executive Director, Challenge Success

“Catherine Steiner-Adair was a terrific keynote speaker at our annual parent education event this year. We hosted over 1,200 attendees, and the statistics, trends, and research she cited were exactly the type of information the families in our community were eager to hear. She helped parents gain a better understanding of media use from the youth perspective as well as both the positive and negative effects technology can have on family and peer relationships. Parents and educators alike were buzzing about her presentation throughout the conference and have since been excited to invite Catherine to speak to their school communities this school year.” Kathy Koo

Executive Director, Challenge Success

“Catherine Steiner-Adair gave a terrific presentation at an All School Meeting of Phillips Academy Andover. The students and faculty, more than 1,200 strong, gave her a standing ovation at the end of her talk. This reaction to her talk was especially impressive because she had challenged the students about the importance of treating one another with respect and caring. The presentation captured the attention of the students in part by reflecting back to them their own words, language that the students themselves had posted online. The language, harsh and jarring, was read out loud on stage by respected members of the student community. Dr. Steiner-Adair set these words in context, held the audience, and delivered a thoughtful message about community, character, and the challenges of life online. What she did is not at all easy to do.” John Palfrey

Head of School, Phillips Academy Andover

“Catherine Steiner-Adair is a unique combination of brilliance and compassion. There is no one better at decoding the challenges that contemporary culture presents to the formation of a healthy childhood and a fulfilling family life – and in helping parents and kids develop the tools needed to shape a strong foundation for growing up in these times. She has become a tremendous resource for the Hathaway Brown community, and someone whose counsel we trust and treasure.” William Christ

Head of School, Hathaway Brown School

“My name is Pearl Rock Kane, and I direct the Klingenstein Center at Columbia’s Teachers College. The Klingenstein Center is honored to sponsor Catherine Steiner-Adair because of her multiple and significant contributions as a school consultant, therapist, clinical professor, researcher and author to helping children and adolescents develop healthy, happy and productive lives.” Pearl Rock Kane

Klingenstein Center at Columbia’s Teachers College,

“I have never had so many faculty members register their positive responses to a consultant’s presence as have come to me to speak of your visit yesterday. It seems that you’ve touched a place in each of us that resonates with our questions about who these children are today and how we can work with them to provide guidance in their development as self-aware and compassionate human beings. Several have commented on their appreciation that you referenced trends and pressures on not only our young children but also the older adolescent population that they encounter now and will become eventually.” Janet Shaw

The Dalton School

“I love to hear Catherine Steiner-Adair present at a workshop or as a keynote speaker. She has an uncanny ability to take ideas and thoughts that educators are mulling over — and tie them to together in important and meaningful ways. Leaving a workshop led by Catherine always leads me to improved classroom practice and engaging dialogue with colleagues about the importance of our work. Catherine has the ability to validate and praise our work – as parents and educators – while stretching our thinking and encouraging new ways to turn tricky situations into powerful learning moments. She’s a gift to educators and parents.” Amy P. Vorenberg

Head of School, The Philadelphia School

“Thank you again for a wonderful presentation on Thursday night. You so beautifully weaved our mission and work into your talk, which made the evening so authentic and poignant. It was perfect! The Feedback has only been positive. Our hosts loved it too. I just want to personally thank you again for an amazing evening. I wish I had videotaped it!” Facing History and Ourselves Fund Raising Event

“Never before has it been more clear that the power of technology to transform our children’s lives for the better also has the potential to stifle their development at every age and stage. This is a must read for parents and educators. Parents will embrace Steiner-Adair’s step-by-step solutions, focused on building deeper and more meaningful family relationships; teachers will better understand the need to manage the double-edged sword of technology as a tool for learning.” Nanci Z. Kauffman

Head of School, Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA

“Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair can reach any audience. Through her years of working with a myriad of adolescents and their families, she knows how our young people think and develop. Her obvious love of children and awareness of social pressures on them combine to make her a superb educational
leader. Her work at our school with faculty, parents, and students has allowed us to become an even better school community. She is a trusted mentor and look forward to continuing to work with her in the years to come.” Marjo Talbott

Head of Maret School

“Your time here was wonderful in so many ways – you provided the faculty with much to think about and I can assure you that I have heard many times in various settings over the last few weeks “As Catherine said…” And then parents….. many of them went out of their way the next day to stop by and thank me for bringing you here. Many thanks for your time here with us; your ability to move from group to group without missing a step or a cue about what the group needed was amazing! But, I’m saving the best for last – the 9th grade girls were asked to provide written feedback to their day, and you were the #1 highlight of the day for them – a number of them begging, ‘please bring her back every year!” Carmie Rodriguez

Polytechnic School

“Dr. Steiner-Adair’s presentation was refreshing and informative as parents seek to preserve and strengthen family relationships in a digital world. Many parents told me her presentation was the best they have heard in years because of her warmth, humor and engaging style…Dr. Steiner-Adair’s presentation is packed with authentic stories and helpful advice for parents’ tool kits as they seek to sustain the modern family in the 21st Century!” Mark Stanek

Head of School, Shady Hill School, Manager

“Catherine Steiner-Adair with great wisdom, and compassion for our confusion, helps lead us out of this technological thicket. She is a worthy guide, not simply pointing out stumbling blocks, but helping us find our way around them. A mandatory read for our own sake as well as the sake of our children.” Madeline Levine

Author of the Price of Privilege

“In a book that should be required reading for all parents, Steiner-Adair examines the extraordinarily negative impact of the digital revolution on parents and children… Throughout this highly readable study, Steiner-Adair offers sound and sympathetic advice regarding this unprecedented ‘revolution in the living room.” Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

“Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair has her finger on the pulse of the social and emotional challenges kids face in today’s 24/7 media culture. Take her insight to heart. As parents, we can help our kids walk the thin line between the perils and possibilities of digital life.” Jim Steyer

CEO and Co-Founder, Common Sense Media

“In her insightful and compelling new book, Catherine Steiner-Adair reveals how technology and the Internet are fragmenting American families, leaving parents confused and children lonely. Put down your smartphone and read this book! The Big Disconnect will show you how to protect your family from the most corrosive effects of the digital age.” Michael Thompson, PhD.

Co-Author of Raising Cain and author of Homesick and Happy

“A riveting, hugely important book that every parent will want to read. Filled with gripping anecdotes taken from true life, this book sounds an alarm we all must hearken to if we care about our children–and ourselves. Steiner-Adair shows how we’re losing the human connections that are vital to everything that matters in family life, and life in general. But she also shows how easily we can get them back, if we will but commit to doing so. A great book, rooted in massive research, told in vivid, charming, unforgettable narrative, conveying a message of the utmost relevance today.” Edward M. Hallowell, MD

Author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness

“Technology is changing our world and the world of our children at a blistering pace. Every parent struggles with the benefits and limitations of a perpetually plugged in lifestyle. Something doesn’t feel quite right and Catherine Steiner-Adair with great wisdom, and compassion for our confusion, helps lead us out of this technological thicket. She is a worthy guide, not simply pointing out stumbling blocks, but helping us find our way around them. A mandatory read for our own sake as well as the sake of our children.” Madeline Levine, Ph.D.

Author of Teach Your Children Well and The Price of Privilege

“After reading her book The Big Disconnect, I reached out to Catherine to come to our school to speak to our community and school administration, faculty and parents about technology and children.

Because this is an extremely topical subject, it was essential to search out the right person with accurate, current information and a personality that can address really sensitive subjects and still be heard by an extremely diverse range of people.

Catherine’s credentials and resumé are sin qua non in that regard: her education, professional experience and academic contributions are impressive, her reach and data set is global. Her spirit of curiosity and creative inquiry, bright intellect and well delivered lecture resonated with parents, teachers and staff alike. She has continued to be a wonderful resource for advisement since her visit.

My husband and I are also members of YPO NorCal, and we hosted Catherine for a spousal day workshop (lunch with questions, forum confidential exercises for issues around technology impacting families, and opportunities for reflection about technology in our lives) and chapter education (lecture and questions). Not only was the spousal workshop one of the best attended chapter days, but the chapter education was one of the most highly rated education days. Having Catherine talk not only about technology for the family but for company culture was extremely impactful. Members who attended the workshop and the education still tell me, several years later, that the lecture, workshops and access to Catherine were incredibly helpful and poignant.” Sara Marsten Bittner

YPO Nor Cal