B. Janet Hibbs, LMFT, Ph.D. is a recognized authority on family issues, with a focus on parent-child and partner relationships. After watching her own college student struggle with mental health, she worked with Dr. Anthony Rostain to help him. Then she and Rostain wrote The Stressed Years of Their Lives, a guide for parents of college students who want to help support their kids’ mental health. Dr. Hibbs’ combined academic, clinical and commercial writing backgrounds blend seamlessly in engaging public and professional talks. Her presentations draw on 25 years of expert clinical experience treating individuals, couples, and families, and she provides effective strategies for coping with the many issues–including stress–that parents and students face. Dually licensed as a psychologist and family therapist, Dr. Hibbs holds the highest credential in the marriage and family therapy field, as an Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
In addition to The Stressed Years of Their Lives, Dr. Hibbs is the author of Try to See It My Way: Being Fair in Love and Marriage. She is a popular radio talk show guest, with appearances on The Diane Riehm show, WHYY, NPR’s “Voices in the Family” and “Radio Times,” and on regional TV. She has been quoted in national newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Dr. Hibbs honed her presentation skills during 15 years of graduate teaching experience on the faculties of Hahnemann (Drexel) University, the Family Institute, and Widener University. Prior professional public speaking engagements include The Smithsonian Institute Speakers series, national professional conferences, and regional community groups.
Dr. Hibbs is co-founder of Contextual Therapy Associates, where she has a private practice in Philadelphia, PA. She and her husband have two sons.
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.
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. Anthony Rostain, Dr. B. Janet Hibbs 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.
Try To See It My Way: Keys to a Better Marriage Based on Fairness
Most problems in marriage boil down to one word: fairness. Feeling fairly treated is the key to making love last. Yet despite the fact that most of us learned to tell right from wrong by age three, many couples disagree about what's fair. Dr. B. Janet Hibbs has been married for over 20 years, and she has experienced many of the struggles that come with the territory. As a well-known expert in the treatment of couples, she's in a unique position to offer effective strategies for coping with the many issues that couples face. The good news is that you can learn to be fair.
Drs. Hibbs and Rostain talk about “Stressed Generation Z” on The Lisa Show. Interview on WBYU radio 1.24.2019
Dr. Hibbs and Dr. Rostain talked with BYU Radio on why Generation Z is stressed.
Read why most of Generation Z is stressed out in an op-ed by Dr. B. Janet Hibbs and Dr. Anthony Rostain.
Listen to Dr. Hibbs on WHYY with Mike McNulty, discussing “Divorce Prevention 101.”
Listen to Dr. Hibbs discuss holiday stress on the Diane Rehm Show.
- Margaret ‘Sissy’ Wade, Ed.D., Executive Director, The Heads Network
Praise for The Stressed Years of Their Lives "This is the type of book every parent should read before discussions of college even begin. Packing in just the right amount of statistics and real-world scenarios, two doctors offer sound advice on how parents can better prepare their children for the challenging college years that lie ahead of them."
“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