Robin Stern, Ph.D.

member emotional intelligence consortium

Affiliation: Columbia University


Robin Stern is a licensed psychoanalyst, educator, and author, with over twenty-five years of experience treating individuals, couples, and groups. She has developed and implemented training programs focusing on personal and professional growth, emphasizing the importance of self-awareness, emotional competencies, and ethical leadership. Robin completed her B.A. in Psychology from New York University, her M.A. in Personality and Social Development from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from New York University. She received her post-doctoral certificate in psychoanalytic group psychotherapy from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. She is on the faculty of Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University, The Training Institute for Mental Health in New York City, and is a senior consultant and lead trainer for the K-12 program The Ruler Approach developed by Yale University researchers.

Robin is a founding board member of The Woodhull Institute, created to educate and train women leaders, and a founding member of the Inner Resilience Program created post 9/11 to teach resilience and bring renewal to educators. Additionally, she is a member of  Grief and Loss Project: a cross-national consortium and of the Consortium for Research in Emotional Intelligence in Organizations.

Robin is the co-creator, with Janet Patti, of the Star Factor Coaching model, anchored in the competencies of emotional intelligence developed by Dan Goleman and Richard Boyatzis. The Star Factor Coaching model, designed to catalyze intentional change and self-directed learning, is currently being used for educational leadership development in New York City public schools.
Robin is the co-author of many articles in the field of social emotional learning and two books on emotional intelligence for educators: Understanding Emotions in the Classroom and Emotionally Intelligent School Counseling. Robin’s book The Gaslight Effect: how to spot and survive the hidden manipulation that others use to control your life, details what happens to you when someone’s certainty about your ‘reality’ causes you to second guess yourself, and, offers effective strategies to prevent it from happening. (Random House, 2007) Her latest book Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors (Dutton, 211), follows the lives of eight brave people post 9/11 – it is a book about love and loss, trauma and resilience. Currently, she is co-authoring a book for Teachers College Press titled: Leadership for Tomorrow’s Children.

Robin’s current research and writing projects include the consequences of overzealous empathy; how feedback can help you transform your life; new media applications for EI skill building.
Robin has a private practice in New York City and lives in Riverdale with her husband, Frank Moretti, and, her two children Scott and Melissa when they are home on college breaks!


Stern, R. & Moretti, F. Social and emotional learning in the year 2000.  Prepared for

Stern, R. & Rosenzweig, D. (2001).  Risky business. Flair, 3(1).

Stern, R. & Repa, T. (1999). Columbine’s challenge: A call to pay attention to our students.  Voices from the Middle. 7(1), 34-36.

Stern, R. (1999). Hormone driven kids: A call for social and emotional learning in the middle school years. Voices from the Middle. 7(1), 3-8.

Stern, R. & Pellitteri, J. (1999). Music: The sounds of emotional intelligence.  Voices from the Middle. 7(1), 25-29.

Stern, R. & Moretti, F. (1999). Digital technologies: New opportunities for social and emotional learning. NYC Challenge - The Journal of the NYCASCD, 37-39.

Stern, R. & Rankin, C. (1999). Subtitles: Reading behind the words.  Flair. Spring 1999, premier issue. 

Book Chapters

Stern, R. & Elias, M.  (2007) Emotionally Intelligent Parenting,  In Educating People to be Emotionally Intelligent.

Stern, R., Moretti, F. & Repa, T. (2003). Digital Technologies Enter the Classroom. In Patti, J., Tobin, J., & Hunt, K. (eds.), Smart School Leaders.







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