Ben Bernstein, PhD

Ben Bernstein, Ph.D., is an educator and performance psychologist. Trained as a teacher in inner city schools in New York and London, he was a prominent figure in the progressive education movement in the early 70s, and has since gone on to teach at every level of the educational system.

Over the last 43 years he has coached thousands of clients, from high school students to business executives to Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Academy Award winners. He has received numerous awards and grants from the U.S. and Canadian governments, and has been a speaker at national and international conferences. He was the first director of improvisation at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute in Utah. His current client list includes athletes, opera singers, dentists, instrumentalists, attorneys, actors, physicians, business executives, and many students taking tests (SAT, ACT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT).

Bernstein, now based in the Bay Area, is the creator of The Bernstein Performance Model (BPM), an original system of nine core tools used to reduce stress and improve performance. The BPM is the basis of his book, Test Success! How to Be Calm, Confident and Focused on Any Test (Spark Avenue, 2012), co-author of Stress Free (Kodansha, 1991), and the forthcoming Teen Success: How to Be Calm, Confident and Focused (Familius, May 2013).

Dr. Bernstein is a highly praised keynote speaker and workshop leader. A member of the National Speaker's Association, he holds a coveted spot on the speakers' circuit for the American Dental Association. He is regularly invited to give keynote addresses to major national organizations, particularly in health care.  Dr. Charles Bertolami, the new Dean of the School of Dentistry at NYU, has publicly recognized Dr. Bernstein's work as highly innovative.

Educated at Bowdoin College, with a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Bernstein also has a master's degree in music composition from Mills College. He has produced diverse creative projects such as making films with psychologically disturbed teenagers in an Australian hospital, and training opera singers in his ongoing workshop, The Singer's Gym, in Oakland. He is a master teacher in the Adler Fellowship and Merola Programs at the San Francisco Opera.

Bernstein has coached his three younger siblings in their successful artistic careers. His sister, Didi Conn, was Frenchy in the film of Grease, and Stacey in the hit PBS children's series, Shining Time Station. His brother Andrew, is the head photographer for the NBA, and his youngest brother, Richard, has an international career as an opera singer singing leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera to highly enthusiastic notices. Bernstein's wife, Suk Wah, is a novelist. The couple live in northern California.