Jennifer Powell-Lunder, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in work with tweens, teens, young adults, and their families. She is the coauthor of the book Teenage as a Second Language (Adams Media, 2010). She is the creator of It’s a Tween’s Life, an interactive and informational website for parents and tweens, and creator and co-writer of Talking Teenage, an interactive informational website for the parents of teenagers.
Jennifer hosts the webcast “Let’s Talk Tweens and Teens” on MomTV monthly. She is a regular writer for GalTime and Yahoo! Shine and enjoyed tenure as a family and pet writer for the website of CBS New York. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, Yahoo!, AOL’s ParentDish, Mamapedia, and many other blogs and websites too numerous to name. She is profiled in Westchester Magazine’s January 2012 feature on “People to Watch.”
Jennifer is a published researcher, accomplished speaker, and consultant on tween and teen issues. She has been featured internationally and is a regular contributor to Parenting Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and syndicated Tribune papers.
Jennifer is regularly featured as a parenting expert on radio, television, and other media including NBC’s Today in New York, The Better Show, More, WCBS, Fox, ABC, NPR, and their affiliates talking about tween and teen issues. She is an expert commentator on News12 Westchester in New York.
Jennifer is the program director of an adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit at Four Winds Hospital. She is an adjunct professor of psychology at Pace University. In addition, Jennifer sits on the board of directors for Family Ties, a non-profit family advocacy agency serving Westchester County, NY. She maintains a private outpatient practice in Katonah, NY.
Jennifer is a breast cancer survivor who blogs and writes on related issues. She lives by the motto: “It’s not about surviving, it’s about living.”
The tween years, previously dubbed pre-adolescence, are the years spanning the ages of 8-12. Although they include a small dot on our children’s timelines, the multitude of changes taking place over these short years is awe-inspiring.
Let’s Talk Tween is designed to discuss the emotional, social, physical, cognitive, and psychological changes kids experience during these short but significant years. Let’s Talk Tween presents information and insights about the real issues related to today’s tweens.