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. Jen has received intensive training in adolescent suicide assessment and has specialized in this population for several years, using a variety of treatment approaches, primarily Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Prior to her full-time private practice, Dr. Jen was the Clinical Director of the Discovery Center at the Child and Family Institute (CFI) of St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, a short-term substance abuse prevention and early intervention program for adolescents. She was an Adjunct Professor at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University in the Bronx, NY. Before working at CFI, Dr. Jen was the Director of the Group Psychotherapy Program, Intake Coordinator for the Adolescent Depression and Suicide program and an Attending Psychologist in the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department of Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.
Dr. Jen 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. Jen is the author of Princess Recovery: A How-to Guide to Raising Strong, Empowered Girls Who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters. She is the mental health contributor for Yahoo! Lifestyle and Yahoo! News and is a psychological contributor for a variety of television news programs, radio programs and in print media, including, but not limited to The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Meredith Vieira, 20/20, CBS This Morning, US News and World Report and others.
Dr. Jen is on the Executive Board of Active Minds, an organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health issues, while educating and encouraging others to do the same. She also heads the Practitioner Alliance of We’re All a Little “Crazy,” a global mental health initiative. Dr. Jen is a self-esteem ambassador for Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign, which aims to improve body acceptance in young girls and women. She was on the advisory board of MTV’s A Thin Line, which focused on the digital behaviors of teenagers and young adults.