Dr. Neal A. Hemmelstein received his B.A. degree and elementary school teaching credential from Sonoma State University in California. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in school psychology at The Penn State University. Dr. Hemmelstein completed his internship at Sarah Reed Children’s Center in Erie (Pennsylvania). In addition to his responsibilities for the day-to-day operation of the Emotional Support Classrooms at Sarah Reed, he provided inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy, staff training and consultation. During his years in Erie, Dr. Hemmelstein also taught courses as an adjunct professor at the Behrend Campus of Penn State University to those pursuing Chemical Addiction Counseling (CAC) certification. Between his undergraduate and graduate education, he co-founded a private elementary school (K-6) in Los Angeles where he taught kindergarten for three years and later taught as a clinical teacher of adolescents for two years at The Meadows Psychiatric Center in Centre Hall (Pennsylvania). Dr. Hemmelstein maintains a private practice at the Child, Adult, & Family Psychological Center, working with children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 25, and their families to address behavioral, emotional, educational, and mental health problems, as well as family issues. He worked with the State College Area School District for 16 years until May 2013 providing school based mental health services that included counseling, consultation and evaluation. Dr. Hemmelstein is both licensed as a psychologist and certified as a school psychologist in Pennsylvania and holds membership in the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the Association of School Psychologist of Pennsylvania (currently the Ethics Chair on the Executive Committee) and the Central Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
Dr. Hemmelstein has authored two books (one of them two books in one): Parents’ Guide to Parenting Teenagers: Because I Said So/Teenagers’ Guide to the Teenage Years: What’s the Big Idea?! (the two books in one); and a Leader’s Manual. This provides a two-week health education program focusing on self-care and self-esteem using the Teenagers’ Guide as the text. Also, Dr. Hemmelstein has a website, Raising-Teenagers.com. This includes a blog (free subscription), Dr. Neal’s Corner, where he shares his thoughts and experience regarding parenting and self-care, as well as being available for questions.