PERSONAL: Children: one daughter, one son. Education: Earned a Ph.D.
ADDRESSES: Home—Weston, CT. Agent—Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc., 155 Post Rd. E., Ste. 8, Westport, CT 06880.
CAREER: Clinical psychologist, writer, consultant, and lecturer. Guest lecturer, panel moderator, and workshop presenter at institutions, including Harvard Medical School, Duke University Health Centers, Northwestern University, Hockaday School, Baldwin School, and Berkeley Carroll School.
Television and radio appearances include Oprah, Good Morning America, Montel, CBS News, and NPR.
MEMBER: American Psychological Association (and Speaker's Bureau), Connecticut Psychological Association, American Association of Suicidology.
(With Michelle Silver) I'm Not Mad, I Just Hate You! A New Understanding of Mother-Daughter Conflict, Viking (New York, NY), 1999.
Trust Me, Mom—Everyone Else Is Going! The New Rules for Mothering Adolescent Daughters, Viking (New York, NY), 2002.
Stressed-Out Girls: Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure, Viking (New York, NY), 2005.
Author of numerous articles in professional journals; contributor of chapters to books on parenting; contributing editor to Girls' Life magazine; columnist for parenting newsletter Daughters.
I'm Not Mad, I Just Hate You! A New Understanding of Mother-Daughter Conflict has been published in several countries, including China and Japan.
SIDELIGHTS: Clinical psychologist Roni Cohen-Sandler specializes in issues concerning women and girls, parenting adolescents, depression, self-destructive behavior, and learning disorders. She wrote her first book, I'm Not Mad, I Just Hate You! A New Understanding of Mother-Daughter Conflict, with Michelle Silver. The coauthors provide mothers with advice for dealing with their daughters during the often-tumultuous teenage years. Using examples, the authors focus on ways to help teens deal with conflict, with the goal of laying a strong foundation for their future. "Their aim is to provide mothers with strategies for coping with problems and even turning them into something positive," wrote a Publishers Weekly contributor. Grace Fill, writing in Booklist, noted that the authors provide mothers with "solid ground when it may feel like things are falling apart."
Cohen-Sandler continues to offer advice about the mother-daughter relationship in her next book Trust Me, Mom—Everyone Else Is Going! The New Rules for Mothering Adolescent Daughters. The author focuses on a wide range of issues, from boyfriends and parties to discipline and helping daughters find their identity. A reviewer writing in Adolescence commented that Cohen-Sandler "provides a new model" for interacting with adolescent daughters.
Stressed-Out Girls: Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure explores the burdens teenaged girls face, such as the perceived need to be thin and good looking and the quest for popularity in school and among peers. The author's insights and advice are bolstered by interviews she conducted with more than 2,000 teenage girls. Cohen-Sandler also discusses issues such as deciding when a teenager may need therapy and, in some circumstances, even need to change schools. Linda Beck, writing in Library Journal, called the book "one of the best additions to the literature" on on parenting teenage girls. In a review in Booklist, Gillian Engberg commented that the author "writes in clear, encouraging, straightforward language."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Adolescence, winter, 2000, review of Trust Me, Mom—Everyone Else Is Going! The New Rules for Mothering Adolescent Daughters, p. 770.
Booklist, March 1, 1999, Grace Fill, review of I'm Not Mad, I Just Hate You! A New Understanding of Mother-Daughter Conflict, p. 1132; August, 2005, Gillian Engberg, review of Stressed-Out Girls: Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure, p. 1969.
Library Journal, August 1, 2005, Linda Beck, review of Stressed-Out Girls, p. 112.
Publishers Weekly, February 1, 1999, review of I'm Not Mad, I Just Hate You! A New Understanding of Mother-Daughter Conflict, p. 81.
Roni Cohen-Sandler Home Page, http://www.ronicohensandler.com (November 9, 2005).
SpeakersHome Exclusive, Inc., Web site, http://www.speakershome.com/ (November 9, 2005), profile of author.