About Dr. Papernow
Dr. Patricia Papernow is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost experts on "blended families." She is in her fourth decade of working with, learning about, and teaching others about stepfamily relationships.
Dr. Papernow's most recent book, Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn't, has been called "the best book ever written on the subject," "a remarkable achievement," and "an incredibly good read." It has received rave reviews from both stepfamily members and helping professionals. 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. She is the 2017 recipient of the American Psychological Association Couple and Family Therapy Division Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology.
Dr. Papernow is a skilled and highly engaging presenter, providing training and consultation to therapists, as well as to guidance counselors, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, clergy, lawyers, judges and others who are often on the front lines with stepfamily challenges.
Dr. Papernow is the Director of the Institute for Stepfamily Education and a psychologist in private practice in Hudson, MA. She divides her time between clinical practice, supervision, and training. As a clinician, Dr. Papernow works primarily in the Internal Family Systems model, also integrating her training in couple and family therapy, Gestalt therapy, attachment, trauma, interpersonal neurobiology, preventive mental health, and learning disabilities.