Jodi Gold, MD

Pediatric & Adult Psychiatry


Dr. Jodi Gold is a board certified adult and pediatric psychiatrist, with clinical expertise in child & adolescent pharmacology, reproductive psychiatry, parenting & divorce, psychotherapy of anxiety, mood disorders and the management of digital technology.

Dr. Gold received her B.A from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her medical training at the University of Tennessee and her residency in psychiatry at Weill Cornell College of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in pediatric psychiatry at Cornell. She also completed a clinical fellowship in infant psychiatry that focused on reproductive psychiatry and early parenting and attachment. During her training, she received awards from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Association of Women Psychiatrists (AWP).

She led the child and adolescent psychiatry outpatient department at Weill Cornell College of Medicine from 2006 to 2012. She has mentored and taught hundreds of medical students, psychologists, residents and fellows at Cornell and Columbia. She has spoken nationally and internationally to physicians, educators and parents about her developmental approach to managing digital technology in children and adolescents, which led to her new book Screen-Smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices. Screen Smart Parenting has received international acclaim. It was awarded the runner-up book of the year by the National Academy of Nursing and often makes the lists for the “must have” parenting books.

Dr. Gold regularly consults as a psychiatric expert on a range of mental health and lifestyle topics on local and national news programs. She continues to teach medical residents at Cornell.


Relationship counseling

Depression management

Interventions for a range of Anxiety Disorders (Selective Mutism, OCD etc.)

Evidence-based treatments for Trauma and Stress Related Disorders


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Screen-Smart Parenting

Even for today’s most tech-savvy parents, managing kids’ technology use is a huge challenge fraught with uncertainties. In what capacity can screen time boost learning and development, and what impact do parents’ technology habits have? At what age should certain technologies be integrated into a child’s life? How can kids and teens be protected and also learn to be good digital citizens? In her busy psychiatry practice–and while raising her own kids–Dr. Gold witnesses the oft-surprising benefits and the troubling downsides of technology. In her signature positive, accessible approach, she gives parents a wealth of practical strategies for navigating the digital frontier and creating realistic, doable rules and expectations for the whole family.

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Dr. Gold has lectured internationally for audiences of physicians, educators, and parents in diverse settings. From conversations around general psychiatry and mental health, to parenting, to developmental milestones for children using digital technology, she is happy to work with clients in identifying the strongest content for your group.

Dr. Gold has lectured internationally for audiences of physicians, educators, parents and teenagers in diverse settings. From conversations around general psychiatry and mental health, to parenting, to the management of digital technology, she is happy to work with clients in identifying the strongest content for each group.

Technology & the Digital Landscape

Dr. Gold is a nationally recognized expert in parenting in the digital age. Dr. Gold has a unique understanding of the mind-boggling benefits and serious downsides of technology. Dr. Gold weaves together scientific knowledge and every day practical advice to help parents and educators foster a healthy relationship with technology from birth to adulthood. Each talk is tailored to the audience and provides both scientific evidence and practical advice. Topics often included:

  • How much screen time is too much?
  • What are the effects of technology on the growing brain?
  • How does technology affect development
  • At what age should your child receive a phone or have a social media account?
  • What are the trends in social media and video games?
  • How do you manage privacy, bullying & sexting?
  • How do you set limits for your entire family?

Recent Screen Smart Talks:

Understanding Your Family’s Digital Habitat
Dr. Gold focuses on how parent’s attitudes and behavior impact their child’s digital life and what parents and educators need to know about social media and the digital landscape.

Digital Milestones: The Facts Behind How Technology Affect’s Your Child’s Development
Dr. Gold provides an overview of the evidence- based research around children and technology.  She reviews developmental milestones and matches them to the digital world.  Recent topics have included managing Clash Royale, Minecraft and using in a kind and inclusive way.

From the iPotty to Instagram Fame: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Digital Debates
Dr. Gold explores the current debates and controversies related to social media and digital technology.  Topics include: “spying” on your teens and the pros & cons of Snapchat.

Digitods & Technotots:  Everything You Need to Know About the Digital World You Learned in Kindergarten
Devices are being introduced to children at younger and younger ages.  Dr. Gold reviews the research young children and technology.  She offers practical advice on when to use screen time for babysitting and how technology can positively impact young children.Topics range from identifying the best video games for your family to learning how to restrict and mange devices on playdates.  The audience leaves armed with the tools and optimism needed to parent their young children through the digital age.

Just Digital:  Rewriting the Rules on Independence, Dating, Friends & School
Just Digital is designed for teenagers and their parents.  We discuss body image and sexuality online. We talk about dating etiquette and managing friends and followers on social media.

The Digitally Challenging Child: Modifying the Rules for Kids with ADHD, Anxiety & Depression
Vulnerable children and teens are the group most likely to feel the most negative impact of technology. It is also a group that can be taught to use technology to become more socially connected and more self-confidants.  We overview the unique challenges that children and teens with ADHD, anxiety and depression face in managing social media and their devices.

Don’t Take Away the Phone: The Nuts & Bolts of Your Family’s Digital Agreement
It is critical for parents to focus on how their children use their devices and less on how much time it consumes.The goal of a family technology agreement is to cultivate online resilience and citizenship in your child’s digital identity.Dr. Gold offers tools and strategies to cultivate a healthy digital identity.

The Digital Birds & Bees
The “sex talk” is no longer an awkward one-time conversation that occurs in middle school.The discussion about sexuality begins when your child watches her first YouTube video or makes her first “sexy” discussion around beauty, body image and “sexy” begins at a very young age.Dr. Gold gives parents tools to discuss sexuality in an ongoing way and challenges parents to use online images as teachable moments.

Middle School Primer to Online Sexuality & Porn
This talk addresses concerns that parents have regarding tweens/teens watching porn online.  We cover general concerns about sexuality online and how to counter negative online images.

General Talks:

The Real College Prep: Preparing your teenager for the social and emotional challenges of growing up
Dr. Gold overviews how to prepare your child for adulthood. We review how to cultivate both independence and resilience. We will discuss how to engage your teenager in managing her/his own homework and taking more responsibility for her/his life.

Thirteen Reasons why you should talk to your teenager about suicide
This talk overviews the signs and symptoms of teenage depression. Parents are given tools to look for warning signs for depression, suicide and self-harm.

Nuts & Bolts of Medicating Your Child
This talk overview the role of medication in treating mental health concerns in children and teenagers such as ADHD, anxiety and depression.  Dr. Gold overviews the pros & cons and discusses side effects.  Parents and educators walk away with general understanding of reasons why children might need medication.

ADHD: Raising the Distracted Child
Dr. Gold reviews the research on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.  She addresses the widespread concerns that ADHD has become over diagnosed. She walks people through the symptoms and treatment. She provides advice on how to handle every day struggles such as homework, digital devices, bedtime and friendships.  Parents will leave with the understanding and skills needed to support and manage their children and teens with ADHD.

Parenthood 101
Dr. Gold tackles a range of parenting topics that new parents face. She talks about the struggles of transitioning to parenthood and raising young children.  She provides compassion, support and hands-on strategies to tackle the challenges of parenting young children.

  • Talking to your kids about crisis & traumatic events
  • Talking to your kids about terrorism
  • New research and trends in mental health & lifestyle
  • Sexuality in media & news
  • Sexual harassment and sexual assault
  • Trends in technology and the impact on families
  • Parenting, divorce & attachment
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety, stress and growing up pressures
  • Major depression, suicide and bipolar disorder
  • Building resilience & grit in children