Aline Penny Zoldbrod Ph.D.

Aline Zoldbrod Ph.D.


Impassioned and innovative, Aline Zoldbrod Ph.D. writes books which she hopes will change people’s lives. Zoldbrod, a licensed psychologist, is certified as a sex therapist and Diplomate in Sex Therapy by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists and the American Board of Sexology. She is on the staff of Winchester Hospital and is an Associate of the Lahey Clinic Center for Sexual Function (Peabody, Massachusetts) She has been in practice in the Boston area for more than 30 years.

Zoldbrod comments that she writes books she feels “driven” to write. Men, Women and Infertility: Intervention and Treatment Strategies (Lexington Books, 1993) was written after Zoldbrod had trouble conceiving. She was frustrated by much of the professional literature on infertility, which simply described patients’ problematical thoughts and feelings without giving therapists the tools to actually change the sorrow, guilt, anger, depression, envy, rage, and anxiety. Certain that there must be a better way to heal the angst, she set about creating targeted interventions. She succeeded, and reviewers have called Men, Women and Infertility “invaluable,” insightful,” “groundbreaking,” “innovative” and “extremely important.”

Sex Smart: How Your Childhood Shaped Your Sexual Life and What to Do About It was written in a similar way. Dr. Zoldbrod is a big believer in “bibliotherapy”--using books to help patients understand themselves. Typically, patients cannot take in all the ideas which she offers in psychotherapy sessions, and they integrate new information better when it is presented repeatedly--particularly in books, which may be read and underlined. But Zoldbrod could not find an existing book which could help her patients understand the root causes of their sexual problems.

So, using insight gained in her years of clinical work, she wrote Sex Smart: How Your Childhood Shaped Your Sexual Life and What to Do About It. Sex Smart won Fore Word Magazine’s award for being one of the top three self help books of the year and is recommended by many of America’s top sexologists. Zoldbrod’s model of the “Milestones of Healthy Sexuality” can be found on her website:

Zoldbrod’s urge to write may reside in her genes. The Zoldbrod/​Zolbrod clan hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and before that, Poland. There are many published Zoldbrod/​Zolbrods. First cousins Paul and Leon are well regarded academics with fine books and translations to their credit. Before all of us came our Aunt Fan, now deceased, who tried to write fiction and never got a publisher. She actually went mad trying. The rest of us have been luckier...

As a psychologist, Dr. Aline Zoldbrod (AKA Dr. Z) is known for being eclectic and practical. Dr. Z’s clinical training includes bioenergetics, Emotional Freedom Technique (an energy therapy), psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy, hypnosis, imagery, and multimodal behavior therapy. She is certified in EMDR, a proven treatment for psychological trauma.

Dr. Zoldbrod did her undergraduate work at Oberlin College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors in Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Z was awarded her doctorate from Brandeis University, after she won a special government fellowship to pursue her doctoral research.

Besides her three books, Dr. Z is the author of Getting Around the Boulder in the Road: Using Imagery to Cope with Fertility Problems (Lexington, 1990), many articles for infertile men and women published in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, chapters in professional books, including one in Female Sexual Dysfunction (Taylor and Francis, forthcoming, 2005), and another in Infertility Counseling: A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians ( Parthenon, l999), book reviews, and articles in refereed journals.

Zoldbrod served on the National Board of Directors of RESOLVE for a decade (1983-1993) and continues to be involved with RESOLVE on the national and local levels. She has lectured all over the US, in Canada, and Australia on her intervention techniques for couples struggling with infertility and miscarriage, to infertility professionals and to consumers. She regularly presents her clinical work on sexuality in front of national professional groups such as AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists), SSTAR ( Society for Sex Therapy and Research) and ISSWSH (International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.)

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Selected Works

Self Help
SexSmart: How Your Childhood Shaped Your Sexual Life and What to Do About It
“the best model of sexual development...” Award winner, Fore Word Magazine, Self Help Category, 1998
Sex Talk: Uncensored Exercises for Exploring What Really Turns You On
A spicy example of mainstream non-fiction. Learn how to talk up to get what you want, sexually.
Men, Women and Infertility: Intervention and Treatment Strategies
"an extremely important and valuable contribution to the field” --Journal of Psychosomatic Research, review, 1997