LANA M. STERN, PH.D is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Parent Coordinator and Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator.  She is an active and enthusiastic proponent of the Collaborative Process and has worked extensively on Collaborative family law cases as the MHP/Facilitator.   Her article, “Wolf in Sheep's Clothing”, has been published in both the Spring 2017 issue of Collaborative Review (The Journal of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals) and in The Divorce Puzzle–Connecting the Pieces Collaboratively, (2017). Additionally, she has co-authored the chapter “Collaborative Law” in The Florida Bar CLE textbook, Dissolution of Marriage.

            She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and serves on the IACP Trainers Network and Development Committee.  She is a member of the International and Florida Associations of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute (CFLI) of Miami for 10 years and is a past Vice President.  She serves on the CFLI Board, and also on the Education, Membership and Mentoring committees. She is the Miami-Dade delegate representing Mental Health Professionals on the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals (FACP), is presently serving on the Board of that organization and Chair of the Training Committee.

            Dr. Stern has lectured statewide, nationally and internationally on the role of the neutral mental health facilitator in the Collaborative Process. In 2011, she co-founded “Florida Collaborative Trainers” an interdisciplinary training group, and has presented multiple 2-day basic and 1-day advanced trainings to attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals in Miami, Tampa, Gainesville, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Panama City, Jacksonville, New Hampshire  and basic trainings at the University of Miami School of Law, the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville and the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. She co-taught the first Collaborative Law Workshop at the University of Miami School of Law in the Spring of 2012.

            Dr. Stern has been in private practice as a psychologist in the Coral Gables, Florida area for the past 30 years.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Florida and Dade County Psychological Associations. She has expertise in couples and divorce counseling, and she taught the divorce education course “Positive Transitions” for divorcing parents as part of a private group. She also manages and treats depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, and child sexual abuse, counseling adults and adolescents individually or collectively. In 1993 she received the FPA “Outstanding Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest” Award and DCPA “Certificate of Commendation” Award for her work in the area of Child Sexual Abuse.  She has served as an educator, counselor, and trainer in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools.  She was an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University for 6 years, supervising Master’s level, Mental Health and School Counselors during their Practicum and Internship. She also worked for Drake, Beam, Morin, an outplacement corporation, as a career consultant and corporate trainer.  Dr. Stern can be reached at: (305) 448-5006,, and

Lana M. Stern, Ph.D., P.A.
1450 Madruga Avenue Suite 310
Coral Gables FL, 33146
Phone: (305) 448-5006
Fax: (305) 663-5809


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