Lisa Williamson Rosenberg is an author and psychotherapist specializing in depression, complex trauma and racial identity. She is also a former ballet dancer, with essays published in Longreads, Narrative.ly, Mamalode, The Common, and fiction in Literary Mama and The Piltdown Review.
A native New Yorker, Lisa now lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and dog. She is the mother of two college students.
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.
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 Black, biracial (African American and Ashkenazi Jewish), the only child of her parents’ very happy interracial marriage. It was a progressive, yet strangely traditional home, where her parents created a joint cultural environment where race and politics were part of the family dialogue.
As a Black 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’s debut novel, Ashes in the Root Cellar is coming 8/22 from Little A. She two others in progress. She is represented by Dr. Uwe Stender, founder of TriadaUS Literary Agency. Lisa has published articles in Longreads, Narrative.ly, Grok Nation, The Common, Social Work in Healthcare and Interfaith Families Online, New Jersey Jewish News, and The Defenders Online. Lisa’s fiction has appeared in Literary Mama and The Piltdown Review, where she won 2nd Prize in the Winter Short Story Contest. 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.