Dr. Anthony Rostain
Neurodevelopmental Psychiatrist, ADHD and Stress Expert, and Developmental Disability Advocate

Dr. Anthony L. Rostain is a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He and Dr. B. Janet Hibbs are co-authors of The Stressed Years of Their Lives, a guide for parents who want to support the mental health of their college students.


An internationally renowned speaker and educator, Dr. Rostain has lectured throughout North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East on a variety of topics ranging from neurodevelopmental disorders across the life span, child and adolescent mental disorders, stress in college-aged students, and parenting in the new millennium, to professional development, ethics, communication skills, wellness and resilience education.  He has led dozens of career development workshops for research and clinical fellows in medicine and has facilitated retreats for pediatric and medical residents for over 35 years.  An energetic and engaging speaker and workshop leader, Dr. Rostain is highly valued for his ability to engage his audiences and stimulate discussion regarding salient topics.  He has appeared frequently on local NPR radio shows (“Voices in the Family” and “Radio Times”) and local television stations, and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Dr. Rostain’s clinical focus is lifespan neurodevelopmental psychiatry, which includes patients of all ages with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Tourette Syndrome, Learning Disabilities (verbal and nonverbal), and related social learning disorders. He treats patients at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and at Penn Medicine Behavioral Health, where he is Medical Director of the Adult Development Disorders Unit. He is also the Co-Director of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Program. Dr Rostain’s research interests focus on improving clinical outcomes for patients with neuropsychiatric disorders of all ages, and creating effective service systems for these patients and their families. In addition to The Stressed Years of Their Lives, he has co-authored two books on adult ADHD, entitled The Adult ADHD Tool Kit: Using CBT to Facilitate Coping Inside and Out, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach.

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The Stressed Years of Their Lives Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years
St. Martin's Press

From two leading child and adolescent mental health experts comes a guide for the parents of every college and college-bound student who want to know what’s normal mental health and behavior, what’s not, and how to intervene before it’s too late.

The Stressed Years of Their Lives: K-12
Childhood is evaporating into a life filled with over-scheduled activities and screen time, and adolescence has become a high-stakes, time-starved pressure cooker of stress, fear, and perfectionism for kids, while many parents experience anxious over-involvement. Educational leaders must balance the traditional emphasis on academic excellence with the value of non-cognitive, resilience-building instruction. Together with Dr. B. Janet Hibbs, Dr. Anthony Rostain reviews the unique stressors of this age, reveals the keys to health promotion and harm reduction, and discusses how educational leaders can advance social-emotional health and resilience in students, through practical “emotional prep” and other initiatives designed to prepare students for a successful launch to college and healthy young adulthood.
ADHD in Adults
Drawing on over 35 years of clinical experience and research, Dr. Anthony Rostain explains how to improve clinical outcomes for patients with neuropsychiatric disorders of all ages, and how to create effective service systems for these patients and their families.


Read why most of Generation Z is stressed out in an op-ed by Dr. B. Janet Hibbs and Dr. Anthony Rostain

Read Dr. Rostain’s commentary for Thrive Global on the need for increased campus resources for mental health

Healio interviews Dr. Rostain about prescribing stimulants to treat ADHD

Listen to Dr. Rostain discuss ADHD in adults on Voices in the Family

Listen to Dr. Rostain talk about kids and meds on Voices in the Family

Praise for The Stressed Years of Their Lives
“This book is a hopeful and essential guide that promotes emotional health and mental fitness in young people. The authors address mental illness and offer models for prevention, treatment, and recovery. A must-read for parents, educators, and clinicians.”
— Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. congressman, author of A Common Struggle, and sponsor of Paritytrack.org

“Childhood is disappearing for young adults, with the pressure to perform, the seductions of social media and the fears of an uncertain future, as stress, anxiety and depression are reaching epidemic proportions. I can think of no better guide than The Stressed Years of Their Lives for overwhelmed parents and stressed-out kids for navigating these turbulent times. This is required reading for the college set.”
— Brigid Schulte, author of the New York Times bestselling Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when No One Has the Time, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, director of The Better Life Lab at New America

“College-related anxiety and pressure on both parents and children begins long before the admissions process, changes and intensifies in college and has been escalating, alarming educators, mental health professionals and, of course, families themselves. Drs. Hibbs and Rostain have battled in this arena with courage, insight and a wealth of professional training and experience. This wonderful book defines and explores the many, varied minefields of the college years with candor and compassion, and provides parents with practical advice and support about what to look for, what to ask and say, and when and how to intervene. Having seen these pressures both as a parent and university president, I am grateful that there is now this long-overdue and extraordinary guide. It should be required reading for all parents.”
— Judith Rodin, former Provost of Yale University and President Emerita of the University of Pennsylvania

“Hibbs and Rostain have done a great service for parents trying to guide their kids through the transition to adulthood and college life in this high stress world. They’ve written an engaging and accessible book full of common sense guidance and tremendous clinical wisdom. They provide both specific advice about the important issues to consider and what parents and kids can do to be best positioned to address those issues in order to succeed and thrive.”
— Victor Schwartz, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at The Jed Foundation and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

“Drs. Hibbs and Rostain have a national reputation as highly knowledgeable and skilled adolescent psychotherapists, and for good reason. This book is filled with both clinical vignettes and research findings to help illuminate the very personal stories of what these young people struggle with, as well as some disturbing statistics about the mental health crisis in high schools and colleges. If you want to learn about adolescents and how to help them, please read this book first.”
— Daniel Gottlieb, psychologist, nationally-bestselling author of Letters to Sam and host of "Voices in the Family"

“The Stressed Years of Their Lives is an informative, thought-provoking and—perhaps most importantly—conversation-starting curation of mental health information that all parents need to read. With robust research woven throughout deeply compelling stories of real young adults and their families, the book paints a clear picture of the struggles that young adults of today are facing; the way parents, and young adults, and schools can be partners in success; and the message that help is available and there are so many reasons to have hope.”
— Alison K. Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds