Dr. Deborah Serani


Psychologist, Author, Media Expert

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”

~ Havelock Ellis, Psychologist

About Me

Dr. Deborah Serani is a psychologist, professor and an award-winning author. A go-to media expert on psychological issues, her interviews can be found at ABC News, The Associated Press, The Chicago Tribune, CNN, The Daily Beast, Newsday, The New York Times, USA Today - and radio station programs like CBS and NPR, just to name a few.

Dr. Serani is a TEDx speaker, writes for Psychology Today and has worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. A recurring character was named after her - Judge D. Serani - as a nod to her technical work. 

A licensed psychologist in practice over 30 years in New York, Dr. Serani specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma and postpartum disorders. Dr. Serani is also a senior professor at Adelphi University, teaching graduate courses in psychopathology, psychodynamic treatment, multiculturalism, and play therapy. 

Invite Me

Author Events

  • In-Person School Author Readings
  • Virtual School Author Visits
  • Book Club Visits
  • Meet The Author Panel Presentations
  • Writing Expert Conferences


Keynote and Professional Speaking

  • National, International Conferences
  • Research Based Content
  • Keynote or Panel Speaker
  • Presented at Over 100 Venues
  • Published Academic Articles


Interviews Television Radio Print

  • Psychological Expert
  • Breaking & Developing News Commentary
  • Health and Wellness Segment Guest
  • Quotable Sound Bites
  • Interviews Via Email, Phone or In-Person

My Books

"Sometimes When I'm Worried" received a 5 star review from Readers' Favorite and a rare starred review from Kirkus. Buy yours here or at the "Sometimes When" book series site at Free Spirit Publishing. My latest book arrives in JUNE!!


"Sometimes When I'm Bored" is a 2022 Indie Best Children's Book of the Year, as well as a starred review from Kirkus.It's also a Gold Medal Winner from The Mom’s Choice Awards®. Get your copy here.

"Sometimes When I'm Mad" is published by Free Spirit Publishing.  It is endorsed by Raffi, child advocate and singer - and also received a 5 star review from Reader's Favorite and Kirkus Reviews. It won the Finalist category in the 2021 CIBA Little Peeps Early Readers Book Awards.


"Sometimes When I'm Sad" won the 2020 Finalist Award in Children's Picture Books at the Readers' Favorite Book Awards and the International Book Awards. 

"The Ninth Session"   won a Finalist medal in the Readers Favorite 2021 Audiobook Contest, won the 2020 Suspense Book of the Year Award at the New York City Big Book Awards, and the 2020 Bronze Medal Book of the Year Award in Suspense at the Readers' Favorite Book Awards. The 2019 Suspense Winner Book of the Year Award from The Beverly Hills Book Awards. As well as a Finalist medal for Suspense in the 2019 NIEA Book Awards and the 2020 American Fiction Book Awards.

"Depression in Later Life: An Essential Guide" won the 2016 Gold Medal Book of the Year Award. Read more here.



"Depression and Your Child" won the 2013 Gold Medal Book of the Year Award. It was also named one of The Best Depression Books of All Time by BookAuthority.


"Living with Depression" won the 2011 Silver Medal Book of the Year Award