About the Author
BEN BERNSTEIN, Ph.D. is a professional educator and licensed psychologist. A teacher for the last forty-two years and a psychologist since 1985, he has taught at every level of the education system. “Dr. B,” as he is known to his clients, specializes as a performance coach, working worldwide with people in high stress/high performance jobs: athletes, dentists, actors, surgeons, opera singers and many students (young and old) taking exams.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. B began his teaching career in Bedford-Stuyvesant in 1969. He subsequently became one of the first American teachers trained in the progressive British methods that were receiving national attention across North America. Bernstein studied the work of Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget at the University of London, with renowned scholar, Dr. Ruth Beard.
After receiving his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, he worked in psychiatric hospitals in Australia and the U.S. producing original films and plays with the mentally ill. Invited to be a resource artist at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute, Dr. B worked with writers, several of whom directly went on directly to win Pulitzer Prizes, Oscars and Tony Awards. Dr. B also holds a Master’s degree in music composition from Mills College. In addition to major awards in education from the U.S. and Canadian governments, Bernstein has received several commissions for his musical compositions. His one act opera, The Man in the Mirror was a box-office and critical success at the American Handel Festival in Seattle in March 2011.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. B’s training model is receiving widespread attention and use. He is a national speaker on the subject of stress and performance regularly speaking in schools, prisons, in programs for under served youth, and to health care professionals. His training model has been praised by Dr. Charles Bertolami, Dean of the New York University College of Dentistry, as “highly innovative,” and is the basis of Bernstein’s book Test Success! How to Be Calm, Confident and Focused on Any Test, published by Spark Avenue Publishing in March 2012. His previous book, which he co-authored with Alexandra Chalif, was Stress Free, published by Kodansha (Japan) and went into two printings.
Dr. Bernstein has coached his three younger siblings in their successful artistic careers. His sister, Didi Conn, was Frenchy in the film of Grease and Stacey in the hit PBS children’s series, Shining Time Station. His brother Andrew, is the head photographer for the National Basketball Association, and his youngest brother, Richard, has an international career as an opera singer and is currently on the full-time roster of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Bernstein’s wife, Suk Wah, is a novelist. The couple live in the San Francisco Bay area.
Please contact Dr. Bernstein through the publicity department at Spark Avenue Publishing: www.SparkAvenue.com or by emailing him directly at: DrBenBernstein@gmail.com