Jennifer L. Hartstein, PsyD, specializes in psychotherapy with children, adolescents and their families, focusing on those who struggle with a wide range of psychological diagnoses, especially affective disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Dr. Hartstein has received intensive training in adolescent suicide assessment and has specialized in this population for several years, using a variety of treatment approaches, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Prior to entering into full time private practice, she was the Clinical Director of the Discovery Center at the Child and Family Institute of St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. The Discovery Center provides short-term substance abuse prevention and early intervention strategies for adolescents. Before working at the Child and Family Institute, of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr Hartstein was the Director of the Group Psychotherapy Program, Intake Coordinator of the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program, and Attending Psychologist at the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department of Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.
Dr. Hartstein received her BA from George Washington University in Washington, DC before earning her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She worked as an Allied Therapist on two adolescent inpatient units, creating and implementing group therapy programs, before returning to Yeshiva University to complete her doctorate in School-Child Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Hartstein is the author of Princess Recovery: A How-to Guide to Raising Strong, Empowered Girls Who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters. Dr. Hartstein is a self-esteem ambassador for Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign, which aims to improve body acceptance in young girls and women. She is on the advisory board of MTV’s A Thin Line, which focuses on the digital behaviors of teenagers and young adults. Additionally, she is a psychological contributor for a variety of television news programs, radio programs and in print media, including The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Meredith Vieira, 20/20, CBS This Morning, and others. Dr. Hartstein is also a founding member of The Brave Girls Alliance, which aims to improve the media and messages that young girls and women receive daily.
Dr. Hartstein lives and practices in New York City.