About Joyce


In addition to her clinical practice, she is author of the groundbreaking book Modern Mothering. Based on her unprecedented study of 450 women, in which women could talk about whatever was important to them, it was the women of her study who determined the book’s topic: how girls learn about sexuality from their mothers.  Currently being taught in university women’s studies programs, Modern Mothering is considered “an empowering resource for mothers and daughters everywhere” by Publishers Weekly, and “a fascinating and empowering text for women of all ages” by Kirkus Review.  Her research is also used as the basis for her consulting work with girls’ schools.

With an MSW from Columbia University and five years of postgraduate training in psychoanalysis, she is a faculty member, training analyst and clinical supervisor at the Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology, board member of the National Council on Women’s Health, member of the Women’s Mental Health Consortium, and sexuality consultant for an independent girls’ school. Her research has appeared on NPR and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, O The Oprah Magazine, The Detroit Free Press, New York Magazine’s The CutMs.Magazine.comCNN.com, Medium.com, Feminist.com, and the Women’s Media Center.