Lisa W. Rosenberg is a psychotherapist, writer and speaker-for-hire on almost any topic related to body image, parenting and identity. She lives in the New York area with her husband and two children.
Lisa graduated from Princeton University, got her Masters from Hunter College School of Social Work, her post-masters certification in family therapy from the Ackerman Institute. Before becoming a therapist, Lisa was a ballet dancer with the Pennsylvania and Pacific Northwest Ballet Companies. (In terms of inspiring fiction, ballet and psychotherapy are two of the richest fields she can think of!)
All her life, Lisa has been writing – essays and attempts at novels–becoming published for the first time in 1998, when Social Work In Healthcare accepted one of her graduate school papers. Several years later, Lisa published a talk she did at a Synagogue on Multiracial Jewish Identity.
Lisa is biracial: Black and White (African American and Ashkenazi Jewish), the only child of her parents’ very happy interracial marriage. It was a progressive, yet strangely traditional home,where race was not a central feature of the family dialogue. Lisa and her parents were too busy enjoying each other (until cancer took her father, which is another story).
As a biracial Jew – a ballerina turned shrink – a recovered anorexic and bulimic responsible for feeding her family – dual identity is part of Lisa’s life and central to her writing.
Lisa has written two novels: one adult, one YA, both in the querying stage. She has published articles in Social Work in Healthcare and Interfaith Families Online, New Jersey Jewish News, and The Defenders Online. Lisa has also done several talks on Multiracial Jewish Identity, as well as numerous presentations on parenting, body image, eating disorders, bullying and addressing race with children and teens.