PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon
Cohort Four Fellow

Academic Mentor
Heidemarie Laurent

Policy Mentor
Holly Mar Conte
Director of Education, United Way of Lane County

Current Institutional Affiliation
University of California-San Francisco: Postdoctoral Scholar

Areas of Expertise

Infants and Toddlers, Maternal Health, Mental Health and Well-Being


Dr. Rosemary Bernstein received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. Before she began her graduate studies, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and art practice and a minor in interdisciplinary studies of early childhood. She then worked as a preschool teacher for two years while completing additional coursework in administration of child development programming. At the University of Oregon, Dr. Bernstein worked with co-advisors Dr. Heidemarie Laurent and Dr. Jennifer Freyd studying the psychosocial effects of early interpersonal trauma--particularly as they relate to subsequent parenting and romantic relationship functioning. She also completed a supporting area in Cultural Models of Family. Much of her graduate clinical training focused on serving children and families across a number of settings, including a residential treatment center for women in recovery from substance addictions, and an interdisciplinary child development clinic.

Dr. Bernstein completed her predoctoral internship and two years of Postdoctoral scholarship at the University of California - San Francisco under the mentorship of Dr. Alicia Lieberman at the Child Trauma Research Program (CTRP). At CTRP, Dr. Bernstein's clinical activities included providing Child-Parent Psychotherapy with caregiver-child dyads and providing consultation to an interdisciplinary team at the hospital's obstetric-psychology grand rounds. Her research activities included conducting structured interviews and observations of at-risk pregnant women and families with young children, as well as publishing secondary data analyses on CPP treatment outcomes. Program development and dissemination activities focused on revising and training providers in the Attachment Vitamins curriculum-- which exists as both an interactive online course for caregivers and professionals working with young children and their families, and also a 10-week parent group designed to help caregivers of children aged birth-5 years learn about child development and the impact of stress and trauma, reflect on the child’s experiences and the possible meanings of the child’s behaviors, and promote secure attachment and safe socialization practices. She continues to work as a trainer and consultant in Attachment Vitamins, and has conducted trainings throughout the state.