Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair will be guest speaker at a presentation on Monday, Feb. 12, sharing current research and best practices for schools and families as they navigate the digital world with young people. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Bedford High School Auditorium. The presentation is especially target to families with school age children.
Bedford High School currently has a teacher-led committee exploring cell phone practices within the school community.
High School Principal Heather Galante wrote, “We are finding that cell phone use has been disruptive to the learning process at BHS and want all students to be engaged in their learning and high school experience as fully as possible. Please consider attending Dr. Steiner-Adair’s presentation where she will share current research and best practices for schools and families as they navigate the digital world with young people.”
Dr. 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 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 2013), 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 earned her Doctorate in Counseling and Consulting Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education while working as a school psychologist at Phillips Academy Andover.
She 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 and numerous academic papers and has contributed chapters to books related to child development, education, parenting, mental health, and technology. She serves on several advisory boards and is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute.
Dr. Steiner-Adair is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Cambridge where she works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She also does parenting consultations and coaching.