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Summer Principals Academy NYC
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Robin Stern

Robin Stern, Ph.D., 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. Dr. Stern holds a doctorate in Applied Psychology, as well as a post-doctoral certificate in Psychoanalytic Group Psychotherapy. She is on the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University, The Training Institute for Mental Health in New York City, and is a consultant to the Health, Emotion, & Behavior Laboratory at Yale University. Robin is a founding board member of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, where she co-created the curriculum for the Woodhull retreat experience. Robin is also one of the lead facilitators of the Inner Resilience Program created post 9/11 to teach resilience and bring renewal to educators. Additionally, she is a member of the Grief and Loss Project, a cross-national consortium exploring the topic of grief, trauma and recovery. Additionally, Robin has over a decade of experience in leadership training for corporate and educational institutions with a focus on self-awareness and emotional intelligence skill and competency development. She is the co-creator, with Janet Patti, of the Star Factor Coaching model, anchored in the competencies of emotional intelligence. 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. The Star Factor model was also successfully used at The School at Columbia University, where Robin was a member of the founding faculty and a leadership coach for 5 years. Robin is the co-author of two books on emotional intelligence for educators: Understanding Emotions in the Classroom and Emotionally Intelligent School Counseling. Robin's book on psychological manipulation, The Gaslight Effect: how to spot and survive the hidden manipulation that others use to control your life, was published by Random House in 2007. Her current book Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors (Dutton, 2011), follows the lives of eight brave people post 9/11 and is an inspiring book about grief, trauma and resilience.