Erica Reischer, Ph.D. is a psychologist, best-selling author, speaker, and parent educator. Her writing about children and families appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and The Atlantic.
Dr. Reischer is also the author of the award-winning book, "What Great Parents Do: 75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive," which has been translated into 16 languages.
Her work has also been featured in Time Magazine, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, Woman's Day, Red Tricycle, The Chicago Tribune, GreatSchools, KQED Public Radio, Parenting.com, The World Economic Forum, and more.
Dr. Reischer earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Psychology / Human Development, and is an honors graduate of Princeton University. A former consultant with McKinsey & Company, she sits on the advisory board for Happy Healthy Kids and continues to lead popular parenting classes at schools and organizations such as UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Habitot Children's Museum, and University of California.
Erica Reischer, Ph.D. is a psychologist, best-selling author, speaker, and parent educator who offers both therapy and parenting support for individuals and families. Based in Oakland, California, Dr. Reischer uses mindfulness techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and insights from positive psychology. She also writes an award-winning blog and leads popular parenting workshops.
Dr. Reischer writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and The Atlantic, and sits on the advisory board for Happy Healthy Kids.
She is also the author of the award-winning book, "What Great Parents Do: 75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive" (Penguin Random House), which has been translated into 16 languages.
Dr. Reischer's work with parents and families has been featured in Time Magazine, Real Simple, Parents Magazine, Woman's Day, The Washington Post, Red Tricycle, The Chicago Tribune, GreatSchools, KQED Public Radio, The World Economic Forum, and more.
In her work as a parent educator, Dr. Reischer leads workshops and classes at the University of California, Princeton University, Golden Gate University, Habitot Children's Museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Ann Martin Center, San Francisco Zen Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, and schools around the country.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Reischer has a strong research background, including published articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as "Anthropology of Consciousness" and "Annual Review of Anthropology." She also wrote a chapter for "The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion" published by University of Chicago Press.
Dr. Reischer's educational background is interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of clinical psychology, life course development, psychological anthropology, and cultural psychology. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Psychology / Human Development, and holds an undergraduate degree with high honors from Princeton University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Grant, a Century Fellowship, a National Institutes of Health Fellowship, and a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship for her research.
As a former post-doctoral Fellow in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Reischer also has extensive experience with issues of cultural difference. She worked and trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and completed her post-doctoral work at the Berkeley Therapy Institute in Berkeley.
In addition to her work as a psychologist and parent educator, Dr. Reischer also spent many years working in other roles in private industry, including business consulting at McKinsey & Company. Her years in the business world gave her a practical foundation for understanding the career challenges faced by many of her patients. As a yoga teacher for over 10 years, Dr. Reischer also sees physical health and well-being as a therapeutic tool.
AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST & EXPERTISE:
Mindfulness-based treatments (MBSR, MBCT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
Positive psychology / optimal functioning
Loss & grief
Integration of mental & physical well-being