Armed with a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and the skills of a therapist, professor, and researcher, clinical psychologist Dr. Nancy Berk weaves her traditional training into a unique brand of insight and humor that has made her an audience favorite.

A freelance comedy writer for internationally awarded entertainers, she is also a Golden Quill Award-winning columnist, and entertainment and advice writer. Nancy produces and hosts Entertaining Insights (formerly Whine At 9), the podcast that features over 500 celebrity and expert guests and offers up life lessons, laughs, and great entertainment ideas. Her ability to build genuine conversations with showbiz icons has made the show a popular landing place for Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy Award winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. She is a freelance contributor to Forbes.com Hollywood & Entertainment and was a longtime contributor to PARADE, the Huffington Post, and MORE Magazine.

As an entertainment analyst, Nancy’s psychology training and trend experience have helped her guide industry professionals and campaigns to maximize their audiences. Her self-help humor book College Bound and Gagged, can be seen in the feature film Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. Her expert opinion on topics including relationships, college admission, tech challenges, and bar mitzvah party planning has been spotlighted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the AARP Bulletin. A finalist in the 2016 Stand-Up Pittsburgh comedy competition, Nancy’s national stand-up and keynote/speaking engagements include TEDx, the American Marketing Association, Women’s Summit, the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, Wendy Liebman’s Locally Grown Comedy, the Quilting Comedy Tour, and the International Ventriloquism Convention.

What They're Saying

Nancy really connected with our audience at TEDxPittsburgh-TEDWomen, December 2010. Her wit and tasteful good humor left us laughing – in many cases at ourselves! Nancy was easy to work with. She took time to understand our audience and prepared for the unexpected.
Aradhna Dhanda
Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc.
Nancy Berk has the ability to put the people she interviews at ease. The conversations are always stimulating and real and I always feel comfortable speaking with her. I also like that her interviews are diverse and interesting with in depth questions. I always look forward to my conversations with Nancy for I feel she really listens.
Angela Cartwright
Actress, artist & author
The reason I love being on Whine At 9 is because of its heart. Nancy has a way of bringing out the best in her guests; those human moments that profoundly inspire her listeners.
Anson Williams
Actor, director & author
Nancy Berk has a very special gift of bringing out the best in people. Her positive and fun-filled approach creates an instant atmosphere of relaxation and trust that always makes for a great interview. The celebrities I represent love working with her -- “Any time, any place!’” is their usual cry. And all that fun is contagious. The fans respond enthusiastically, too. With all the bad news and negative press, Dr. Nancy Berk represents what is good and right with the world...something we all need more of these days.
Nancy has a gift for seeing the ordinary in extraordinary ways. I laugh out loud when I read her musings about things we all see and do every day, as she presents them in a new and humorous light. It’s a pleasure to share her work with the readers of SHADY AVE.
Nancy Polinsky Johnson
Publisher & Editor, SHADY AVE
Nancy is all-around funny–onstage, online, on paper—and on top of it all, she can help you laugh through life’s craziness–like your BFF with credentials.
Mary Lou Quinlan
New York Times bestselling author