Dr. Nancy Berk is a clinical psychologist, columnist and award-winning humorist who puts life on the couch for a laugh. A stand-up comic armed with a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and the skills of a therapist, professor and researcher, she’s been described as “Dr. Phil meets Tina Fey”. Ironically, her book COLLEGE BOUND AND GAGGED: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind, landed in the 2012 feature film Admission starring Tina Fey.
The host of the weekly podcast Whine At 9, Nancy digs a little deeper into the world of entertainment with one-on-one interviews of fascinating celebrities and Hollywood insiders. Showbiz Analysis, her online entertainment column for Parade Magazine, blends Nancy’s humor, psychological insight and interviewing skills and offers readers a unique glimpse into show business and success. Paired with an audio interview link (from Whine At 9) for every featured guest, Showbiz Analysis provides a multimedia glimpse into the world of television, film, music and pop culture.
Beyond entertainment, Nancy’s become the “go to” expert on social behavior, especially when it involves competitive spending and high anxiety. Spotlighted in the New York Times about over-the-top bar mitzvahs and out of control college families, and interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on college cost-cutting and navigating nightmare double dates, she’s weighed in on everything from airbrushed beauty ads (CNN.com) to Halloween costume psychology and bikinis for kids (Huffington Post Live).
A frequent contributor to Chicken Soup For The Soul, she is a blogger for The Huffington Post and USA TODAY College. She is the creator and voice behind The College Mom Minute one-minute podcast and co-host of The College-Bound Chronicles with Lian Dolan. Nancy writes a popular humor column for Pittsburgh’s SHADY AVE Magazine and appears on television and radio, and on stage with her stand-up comedy. She and her husband Ron have two sons. They reside in Pittsburgh where she roots for the Steelers but still knows nothing about football.
Dr. Berk is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine.