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Erica Reischer, Ph.D. is a psychologist, best-selling author, speaker, and parent educator.  Her work has been featured in Real Simple, Time Magazine, Parents Magazine, Woman's Day, The Washington Post, Red Tricycle, The Chicago Tribune, GreatSchools, Yahoo Parenting, KQED Public Radio, Parenting.com, and more. 

Dr. Reischer's own writing about children and families appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and The Atlantic.  She is also the author of the best-selling book, "What Great Parents Do:  75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive," which has been translated into 10 languages.

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.

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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 for parents and educators, and leads popular parenting workshops.

In her work as a parent educator, Dr. Reischer teaches at the University of California, Habitot Children's Museum, the Ann Martin Center, San Francisco Zen Center, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Dr. Reischer's work with parents and families has been featured in Real Simple, Time Magazine, Parents Magazine, Woman's Day, The Washington Post, Red Tricycle, PopSugar, Brit & Co., Mother Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, GreatSchools, Yahoo Parenting, KQED Public Radio, Parenting.com, and more. 

She also writes for Psychology Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Greater Good Science Center, and The Atlantic, and sits on the advisory board for Happy Healthy Kids. 

Dr. Reischer is the author of the best-selling book, "What Great Parents Do:  75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive" (Penguin Random House), which has been translated into 10 languages.

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.  

More information about the Dr. Reischer's work and approach can be found under "Therapy" and "Parenting." 

 

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST & EXPERTISE:

  •  Mindfulness-based treatments (MBSR, MBCT)
  •  Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  •  Positive psychology / optimal functioning
  •  Positive parenting
  •  Depression
  •  Anxiety
  •  Loss & grief
  •  Integration of mental & physical well-being
  •  Work-related stress
  •  Relationship issues 
Erica is very interested in people and the problems of human relations, and shows insight, as well as compassion and understanding of the suffering and joys of others. She also has integrity and a good ethical sense of responsibility for those with whom she works, being respectful and honorable. In short, she is a fine human being and mental health professional.
— Dr. Gilbert Herdt, Professor, SFSU, and Former Director, Center for the Study of Culture and Mental Health