Catherine Pearlman, Ph.D., LCSW

Catherine Pearlman, Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Professor


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Catherine Pearlman

Dr. Catherine Pearlman joined the faculty at Brandman University in the fall of 2014 as an Assistant Professor of social work. Prior to moving across the country to teach at Brandman University, she worked first as an adjunct at Yeshiva University and then as a full-time professor at the College of New Rochelle in New York. Catherine received her Doctorate in Social Welfare at Yeshiva University and a Master's degree of Social Work from New York University. Her Bachelor's degree in the History of Medicine and Sociology is from Bucknell University.

In addition to her teaching experience, Catherine brings to Brandman University a wealth of knowledge and experience working as a professional social worker for 20 years. She is the founder of The Family Coach, Inc, a private practice that makes home visits to help parents with typical parenting issues. In addition to her private practice as a family coach, Dr. Pearlman has worked as an administrator in myriad settings including shelters, schools, camps, and in higher education. She writes a Dear Family Coach column and articles on various topical issues for the Wall Street Journal and has been featured several times on The Today Show.

  • Social Work
  • Parenting
  • Early Childhood Development
Yeshiva University, New York, NY
Doctorate of Philosophy, Social Welfare
Dissertation: Parenting an Infant After Prolonged Infertility
New York University, New York, NY
Masters Degree of Social Work
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Bachelors Degree, History of Medicine and Sociology
Scholarly Activities

Peer reviewed presentations:
Pearlman, C. (2014) Understanding the DSM Through Film. Presented at the Annual Mental Health Symposium at the College of New Rochelle.

Pearlman, C. (2013) Adjuncts in Social Work Programs: Improving Equity, Support, and Performance. Presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, November 2013, Dallas, Texas.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine   Accepted Presenter                       2013 APM

Pearlman, C. (2013) Parenting An Infant After Prolonged Infertility: Maternal Depression, Anxiety, Confidence, Enjoyment, And Bonding As Well As Infant Sleep Quality And Routine, And Infant Crying. Presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, October 2013, Boston, Massachusetts.

Pearlman, C. & Docherty, J. (2012) Provisional Students: Lessons learned from 14 years of accepting marginal students. Presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, October 2012, Washington, D.C.

Professional Experience

Various social work positions including: Deputy Director at Covenant House New York (Youth Shelter), Assistant Executive Director at the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club, Camp Director at Vacamas Programs for Youth, and Administrative Supervisor at the Catholic Home Bureau (Foster Care Post-Adoption Program).