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George Nitzburg, The Tech Shrink

Dr. George Nitzburg holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, where he researches and teaches about how to marshal technological advances to improve our understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness. He has also conducted psychotherapy and psychological testing in both inpatient and outpatient settings with patients of all ages and backgrounds. 


Dr. George Nitzburg leads a Columbia University research team investigating the effectiveness of telemental health platforms for administering distance psychotherapy, psychological interventions, and continuing care. His research lab also studies how online interactions alter our communication patterns and interpersonal relationships.

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Selected Publications:

Farber, B. A., & Nitzburg, G. C. (2016). Young adult self-disclosures in psychotherapy and on Facebook. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29(1), 76-89.

Nitzburg, G.C. and Farber, B.A. (2013) Putting Up Emotional (Facebook) Walls? Attachment Status and Emerging Adults’ Experiences of Social Networking Sites. J Clin Psychol, 69: 1183–1190.

Farber, B.A., Shafron, G., Hamadani, J., Wald, E. and Nitzburg, G. (2012) Children, Technology, Problems, and Preferences. J Clin Psychol, 68: 1225–1229.


The Psychotherapy, Technology, & Disclosure Laboratory at Teachers College, Columbia University, is led by Dr. Barry A. Farber. Dr. Farber, a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, has conducted a range of psychotherapy research over the course of his career.  

The Psychotherapy, Technology & Disclosure Laboratory is currently conducting research in four primary areas: a) the intersection of computer-mediated communication, disclosure, and the formation of romantic relationships; b) secrets and lying in psychotherapy; c) the experiences and perceptions of beginning psychotherapists; and d) the nature of positive regard in psychotherapy and elsewhere. 

In The Press

Dr. Nitzburg has been featured in numerous articles, including Oprah Magazine and CNN. His @tech_shrink Twitter feed also aggregates the latest news at the intersection of psychology and technology.

Do Therapy Apps Really Work? (O: The Oprah Magazine).
Does Text Therapy Actually Work? (CNN Money).
Digital Heartbreak (APA gradPsych Magazine).

Want to get in touch? Know any good stories?

Dr. Nitzburg is available and interested in discussing all subjects relating to the intersection of psychology and technology. The best way to reach him is his email address. If you would like to share a news story, consider sharing it with him through Twitter.

Speaking & Consulting

Dr. George Nitzburg knows that understanding human psychology can make the difference between projects that succeed and those that fail. This is why he consults with companies, helping them design and market their technology products with their users’ psychology in mind. To contact him for consulting with your company please send an email to

Dr. Nitzburg also gives informative and entertaining talks that explain how today’s most popular applications are using psychology! Contact Dr. Nitzburg directly at for more information.