Dr. Naomi (Katten) Saar graduated from Queens College with a Bachelors of Arts, where she majored in Psychology. While at Queens College, Dr. Saar was admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa Sigma of New York National Honor Society, the Golden Key National Honor Society, and the Psi Chi: The National Honor Society in Psychology. Dr. Saar graduated from Queens College with the Highest Honors in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s List, and the Hillel House Award.
Dr. Saar earned her Masters of Social Work and PhD in Social Welfare from Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Dr. Saar’s doctoral thesis focused on child abuse. While at Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Dr. Saar received the General Scholarship, Herbert H. Schiff Scholarship, and the Muriel and David Goldman Scholarship.
Dr. Saar is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of New York (license # 070007). Dr. Saar started off her career as an intern and continued on as a therapist specializing in the frum community at the Jewish Board of Children’s Services (JBFCS) Madeleine Borg Community Services Boro Park Office. As an intern, Dr. Saar took the Family Violence Prevention Training and Training in Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. As a therapist she worked with individuals, families, and groups. Dr. Saar moderated socialization groups for girls in 2nd through 5th grades. These groups focused on interpersonal communication, peer interaction, identification of emotions, moods, social cues, and body language, and development of negotiation skills. Dr. Saar also led prevention workshops in frum girls schools throughout Brooklyn. Additionally, she created and moderated workshops on friendship, peer pressure, anger management, stress, emotions, self-esteem, conflict resolution, self-awareness, communication, disability and difference, trauma, and eating disorders at JBFCS. Also while at JBFCS, Dr. Saar attended the Martha K. Selig Educational Institute In-Service Training Program.
Dr. Saar subsequently worked at Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work as a Teacher’s Assistant for Social Work Practice and Evaluation Research and Applied Methods in Social Work Research. After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Saar worked at the New York University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Research as an Assistant Research Scientist where Dr. Saar published articles in academic journals.
Dr. Saar has led workshops on various topics, including:
· Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem
· Promoting Your Daughter’s Friendships
· Child Neglect in Four Countries: Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom
and the United States
· Child and Caretaker Characteristics and Type of Child Maltreatment
· Family Systems Theory
· Communication Skills: The Building Blocks of A Relationship
· Creating Quality Time with Your Children
Dr. Saar has provided support to women experiencing pregnancy complications; Dr. Saar has personal experience in this area having had severe hyperemesis gravidarum during her own pregnancies.
Dr. Saar enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three young children. Her hobbies are baking, swimming, and reading.