Robyn Ostrander

So many issues in the news today center on the question of what age counts as an “adult,” from purchasing a gun to smoking to voting. We explore what factors lead to determining that a young person is an “adult,” including brain development, legal precedents and social mores.

The Importance of Sleep

Feb 16, 2018

We’ll learn about the importance of all the stages of sleep to your overall well-being. As more research is done on the role of sleep, we learn that not getting enough sleep seems to affect your health in many ways, from mental health to weight gain to a host of medical issues. Studies have also shown a correlation between exposure to light and quality of sleep. 

Guests:  Dr. Robyn Ostrander, Interim Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center; Medical Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center Chair; Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Spring Harbor Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine 

Dr. George Bokinsky, pulmonologist specializing in sleep medicine; he practices in South Portland and is affiliated with Maine Medical Center


Dr. Kyra Chadbourne, general dentist with Falmouth Dentistry and Maine Sleep Dentistry


Personality Disorders

Jul 6, 2017

Two psychiatric experts discuss the range of personality disorders that affect young people to adults, including how to recognize and treat them, and how to differentiate between personality and temperament.

Guests: Dr. Robyn Ostrander, Interim Chief of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center

Dr. Dan Price, Director, General Psychiatry Residency, Maine Medical Center

Later School Start Time

Mar 27, 2017

Two bills before the Maine legislature would mandate a later start time for high school students throughout the state.  A handful of other states are considering similar laws.  There is building evidence that later school start times improve student’s health and ability to learn. But some rural districts–with long bus routes -  are concerned that a statewide mandate would be too restrictive.  We’ll discuss the pros and cons of adjusting high school hours.

Guests: Dick Durost, executive director, Maine Principals' Association

Mental Health Issues

Feb 15, 2017

Two leading psychiatrists address the current research and treatment for a range of psychiatric issues, from anxiety to seasonal disorders to dealing with grief--and they answer your mental health questions.  How much anxiety is normal during stressful societal times? What is narcissism, and how does it affects someone's relationships and behavior? Does the winter bring on seasonal affective disorder and sleep disorders? And we answer listener's questions about psychiatric issues.

Teen Depression

Dec 7, 2016

Teen depression is a serious mental illness that can often be confused with the moodiness that teenagers typically exhibit. It can lead to eating disorders, erratic behavior—even suicide. What are the signs of when a teen is suffering from depression, and what can be done to help?


Robyn L. Ostrander, MD, Medical Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center; Chair, Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Spring Harbor Hospital