Born in 1954, I tuned into many of the movements spinning around me, especially the civil rights, anti-war/pro-peace, and of course, feminism. As a teenager, I was deeply influenced by feminist role models (Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, Golda Meir), female vocalists (Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Laura Nyro, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin), and the counter-cultural literature of the times. I was determined to work for social justice and join the “revolution” that might make the Holocaust, racism, sexism – all forms of prejudice – history.
Catherine Steiner-Adair is a clinical psychologist, school consultant, author, and teacher whose professional life is devoted to working with kids, parents, and schools. Her clinical work and research in the areas of girls’ development and understanding, treating, and preventing eating disorders is internationally recognized. She has worked in the fields of education and psychology for over twenty-five years, including working throughout Israel, and she has consulted to over 250 Independent and public schools, working with directors, faculty, parents, and students. Her areas of expertise also include boy’s development, the impact of culture on gender identity, social relationships, character development and leadership training, school practices, and parenting strategies. Dr. Steiner-Adair is an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Chestnut Hill, MA, where she works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
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Catherine Steiner-Adair, reading an excerpt from Full of Ourselves: Advancing Girl Power, Health and Leadership – A program promoting body and self esteem and the prevention of eating disorders. Co-authored by Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D. and Lisa Sjostrom, Ed.M.
Credit: Courtesy of Catherine Steiner-Adair.