Laura Kastner, PhDDr. Kastner, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Psychology from University of Virginia and completed her postdoctoral internship at University of Washington. Currently a clinical professor in the department of psychology and the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at U.W., Dr. Kastner has also taught in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and the medical school. The topics of her academic publications include adolescent sexuality, chronic illness, eating disorders, adolescent development, behavioral pediatrics and medical education.

Dr. Kastner sees children, adolescents, couples and families in her clinical practice. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and forums on adolescent development and family relationships. She has been interviewed for numerous articles about adolescence in national and local media. She is the co-author of four books entitled “The Seven Year Stretch: How the Family Works Together to Grow Through Adolescence (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, l997), “The Launching Years: Strategies for parenting from senior year to college life; (Random House’s Three Rivers Press, 2002), Getting to Calm: Strategies for parenting tweens and teens” (ParentMap, 2009) and Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for raising tweens + teens (ParentMap, 2013). Her next book, entitled “Calming the Early Years” is written for parents of 3 to 7 year olds and is due out in April, 2015.