Officially, I am “Dr. Lisa Strohman,” described by most as an attorney, psychologist, author, and public speaker.
That is, of course, the official resume. In my heart (and mind) I think of myself as that shy little girl that grew up in a very challenged life, surviving bouts of homelessness, abuse and neglect that today is constantly trying to balance how to be a professional, mom, wife, and supportive friend while I work tirelessly to inspire people to be good humans online.
Perhaps it was the challenges that created my personality or maybe it was destined to be, but for as long as I can remember I have always spoken my mind and I have always been teased about not having a filter. Amongst friends it was accepted as a quirky personality trait and ignored by those that loved me most. Through it all I learned that speaking my mind, from my heart, sharing both facts and feelings, was safe with those in my trusted circle.
“Lisa Strohman is a professional with extraordinary training and experience, should you neglect to heed her impressions, you do so at your peril. She, for years, has been attempting to raise the alarm about the destructive influence of screens, particularly on our youth. Dr. Strohman is a consummate professional who can be a source of guidance and counsel to is all.”
Today, there is so much more to consider because our lives are inherently public and digitally curated through what we choose to post publicly. The expectation that we share our most personal and intimate lives with total strangers in an effort to create ‘connection’ has actually created more loneliness, depression and anxiety today than we have ever had in history. Wading through this pain as a psychologist is a main reason I have dedicated my career to helping others navigate our digital world.
My personality is to embrace my vulnerability and openness over having a filter and I pray daily that this helps to encourage others to choose authenticity over digitally curated presentations of self to others. In one part of my professional life, I spend my days behind closed doors working with kids and adults struggling to make sense of life challenges that have wreaked havoc on their lives, and in the other half of my professional life I spend my days advocating on behalf of children and families being challenged by the daily demands of our digital world.
In an effort to help more globally I created the Digital Citizen Academy to proactively prevent and educate students, educators and parents on the issues resulting from technology use and misuse. I have spent more than a decade working with adolescents and families in private practice and within school systems to address challenges with student mental health and well-being.
“Dr. Lisa Strohman is on the cutting edge of understanding how children are getting caught up In the tech-web culture and the predators who exploit it.”
By far one of my most honored positions was as a Visiting Scholar for the FBI working on homicidal pedophilia in the profiling unit assigned to the Child Abduction Serial Killer Unit (CASKU). During that tenure, living in the Quantico dorms, the Columbine tragedy occurred. This gave me the unique opportunity to be on the front lines where I personally witnessed how technology impacts our youth.
I am a proud graduate of the University of California, Davis, where my nerdiness helped me to graduate Magna Cum Laude and helped me get into a very prestigious JD/PhD program in Law and Psychology at Villanova and Drexel Universities. During graduate school I was fortunate to spend time as a Congressional Legislative Assistant which was highly educational, a bit terrifying, but also very helpful in wearing down that overly shiny optimism to a tolerable level. All of these experiences, including my service with national associations such as, the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Association and Pinnacle Forum, have helped create the human I am today.
I enjoy speaking nationally at schools, parent organizations, and business and community groups where I honestly address the challenges of raising responsible digital citizens or being human in today’s digital world. Although I am regularly featured in the media as a technology wellness and behavioral expert I also spend a fair amount of time on podcasts and have been quoted in numerous print publications including Forbes Magazine, Fast Company, and Huffington Post.