Myrna Orenstein, PhD

Class of 1992


Imprisoned intelligence: The discovery of undiagnosed learning disabilities in adults (1992)

Myrna Orenstein

​Myrna Orenstein’s clinical interest is working with adolescents and adults whose learning gaps create painful emotional experiences that obstruct the growth of potential. She is the author of Smart but Stuck: How Resilience Frees Learning Disabilities from Imprisoned Intelligence. There are two other editions of “Smart but Stuck”, the second edition is entitled “Smart but Stuck:  How Resilience Frees Imprisoned Intelligence from Learning Disabilities” and the third edition is entitled “Smart but Stuck: Overcoming Frustrations from Learning Disabilities”. The book has been translated into Chinese by a Taiwanese editor. Myrna is also supervising a Chinese analytic candidate from China via Skype through the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Association (CAPA). The third edition of my book “Smart but Stuck: Overcoming frustrations from Learning Disabilities was published in 2016. This edition integrates some affective neuropsychological principles within the concepts of resilience. There is also a Chinese translation. Also, being a part of the Joe Palombo Neuropsych Study Group has been a pleasure.


  • M.Ed., Roosevelt University
  • A.M., University of Chicago
  • PhD, Institute for Clinical Social Work