About Mindy


Mindy Greenstein, PhD

Mindy Greenstein, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, Psycho-oncologist, Writer, and National Speaker. She serves as Consultant to the geriatric psychiatry group in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.


Dr. Greenstein is a clinical psychologist and cancer psychologist, as well as a writer, mother, and fellow cancer patient. She is a consultant to the geriatric group in the Department of Psychiatry at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she has also been a chief clinical fellow and co-developer of the Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy intervention with William Breitbart, M.D. She is particularly interested in how people experience aging from midlife through older age, both the positives (yes, there are many) and the negatives (which are better known).

In addition to writing professional papers and book chapters about how people cope with cancer, she has written personal essays for The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, SELF, and other publications. She has also had the honor of being a storyteller on The Moth, as part of their collaboration with the World Science Festival. Her first book, The House on Crash Corner (Greenpoint, 2011)—a book of memoir/essay about her personal and professional experiences with cancer—was selected by O: The Oprah Magazine as one of their “Books to Watch For.” Her new book, Lighter as We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and Aging (Oxford University Press, coauthored by Jimmie Holland, M.D.), explores the ways we learn to “travel light” over the years. It was selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of the year on life after 50. She lives in New York City with her husband and two teenage sons.