About Dr. Papernow
Dr. Papernow is in her fourth decade of working with, learning about, and teaching others about stepfamily relationships. She is the 2017 recipient of the American Psychological Association Couple and Family Therapy Division Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology and is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost experts on "blended families" and post-divorce parenting,
Dr. Papernow is the Director of the Institute for Stepfamily Education, an organization dedicated to helping stepfamily members, those who love them, and those who want to help to navigate the intense and often overwhelming challenges of becoming a stepfamily. Her most recent book, Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn't, continues to receive rave reviews from both stepfamily members and a wide range of helping professionals.
Dr. Papernow is a skilled and highly engaging presenter, providing training and consultation to therapists engaged in clinical work with stepfamily members, as well as to guidance counselors, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, clergy, lawyers, judges and others who are often on the front lines with families. She is the author of over 30 articles and book chapters and is frequently interviewed by national and local media. Her first book, Becoming a Stepfamily, is also widely recognized as a classic in the field.
Dr. Papernow is a psychologist in private practice in Hudson, MA, where she divides her time between clinical practice, supervision, and training. As a clinician, Dr. Papernow works primarily in the Internal Family Systems model, drawing also from her training in couple and family therapy, Gestalt therapy, attachment, trauma, interpersonal neurobiology, and learning disabilities.