Catherine was born in New York City, and raised and educated in Scarsdale, New York. She graduated from Scarsdale High School, and earned her BA from Bowdoin College, also spending a year as an exchange student at Williams College. From Bowdoin, she went on to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, earning her doctorate in Clinical and Consulting Psychology. While at HGSE, she was one of the first doctoral students, working with Carol Gilligan, to study girls’ psychological development and education. Her award-winning doctoral dissertation was the foundation of her development of a curriculum loved by Hamlin girls called Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power Health and Leadership. Her most recent book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age was chosen as one of the ten best non-fiction books of 2013 by The Wall St. Journal.
It was during her years as a graduate student that she began her lifelong career in Independent Schools, as a teacher and school psychologist initially at The Dana Hall School, and subsequently at Phillips Academy Andover. More recently she has served as a consulting school psychologist to Nightingale Bamford School (NYC), Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools (NYC,), and Holton Arms School (Baltimore, MD). In addition to these ongoing engagements, Catherine has consulted to over 600 schools during her career on a range of developmental, educational, and cultural issues, and is a frequent presenter at conferences for educators around the world. She serves as a resource to the media on issues of child development and parenting, education, and the impact of technology on how we live and learn. She served previously on the Board of The Winsor School in Boston MA.
Catherine is currently a Research Associate in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. She is married to Fred Adair, a leadership consultant and angel investor, and they live outside Boston in Chestnut Hill. They have two grown children, both recently engaged and living in California. Catherine is a devoted student of classical drawing and painting, and loves to travel, study art, and paint the landscape. She also enjoys working in her garden and spending time with friends and family on the coast of Maine.