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Ben Bernstein Ph.D.


Ben Bernstein, Ph.D., is a veteran psychologist, educator and keynote speaker specializing in top performance. He is the author of four books on how stress affects performance: Test Success (2009), Crush Your Test Anxiety (2018); A Teen’s Guide to Success (2014); and Stressed Out! for Parents (2015). His forthcoming book, Superior Test Performance in 8 Lessons, will be released in India in 2021. His online course, Ace Your Next Test! will be launched in April 2021.

‘Dr. B’ is a performance coach for Academy Award, Tony Award, and Pulitzer Prize winners. His client list includes CEO’s, dentists, athletes, attorneys, physicians, business executives, opera singers and actors. He lectures worldwide to audiences of business executives, professors, parents, and healthcare professionals at conventions and onsite at corporations, universities, colleges and hospitals. He currently has a family television show in development: Dr B Your Best.

An honors graduate of Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine), Bernstein received his doctorate in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada). He also holds a master’s degree in Music Composition from Mills College (Oakland, California).

An educator for the last fifty years, Bernstein has taught at every level of the educational system. Originally trained in London, in the progressive British infant schools in the late ’60s, he has received major grants from the American and Canadian governments for his work.

Paralleling his career in education and psychology, Bernstein has extensive involvement in the performing arts. Trained by Viola Spolin (Improvisation for the Theater), he created and publicly produced original films and plays with psychiatric patients in Australia and the US. As a result of this work he was invited to be a resource artist at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute to collaborate with writers to realize their creative ideas. He has directed theater at the Juilliard School and the National Academy for Dramatic Art in Sydney. An award-winning composer and a Master Coach at the San Francisco Opera, Bernstein is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Singer’s Gym, a non-profit training workshop for professional singers to have more vitality, spontaneity and connection in their work.

In addition to his private practice, Bernstein has consulted with his three younger siblings in their successful artistic careers: sister Didi Conn, Frenchy in Grease; brother Andrew, senior photographer for the NBA; and youngest brother Richard, in leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera. Bernstein’s wife, Suk Wah, is a novelist. The couple divide their time between Northern California and Southern India. Dr Bernstein can be reached at His website is:

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