Linda Hamilton, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York where she specializes in the performing arts. She danced with New York City Ballet (NYCB), while attending both college and graduate school full-time to get her doctorate in Clinical and Research Psychology.
Her interest in reducing stress and enhancing performance has led to an extensive body of research and clinical work with different performers---from the film, stage, music and other industries. In addition to her private clinical practice, she is the Wellness Consultant for NYCB.
Dr. Hamilton's ongoing research into the mental and physical stresses of performance has led to more than 300 presentations, 55 academic and mainstream articles, and three books on the occupational stresses in this arena. She also writes a popular monthly advice column for Dance Magazine, and is one of the key designers of NYCB's wellness program, which has reduced the actual weeks of disability in the Company by 46%. This program is outlined in depth in her recent bookThe Dancer's Way.
Her knowledge of eating disorders, especially in dancers, has led to many media interviews, including the highly informative NOVA documentary narrated by Susan Sarandon "Dying to be Thin." Dr. Hamilton also has shared her expertise in the entertainment industry in venues, such as CBS' News Report, ABC's Good Morning America, The Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, The New York Times, Playbill,New York Magazine, and Backstage, among others. Her work with performers is featured in "A Vision to Heal," a documentary by European Media Support.