Risa Doherty has been writing freelance feature articles since 1995.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Motherlode blog (paid guest posts), Working Mother, First for Women, Woman’s World, Your Teen, Long Island Parents & Children, Arthritis Self-Management, The Roslyn News, Parentguide, The Social Critic, Podiatry Management, Today’s Child UK, Big Apple Parents’ Paper, Queens Parents’ Paper, L.A. Parent, Boston Parents Paper, Colorado Parent, Bay Area Parent, Bay Area Parent Teen Focus, and Parents R People. She is a regular contributing writer for the CNG FamilyMagazines (Brooklyn Family, Queens Family, Bronx/Riverdale Family, Staten Island Family, Long Island Family and Manhattan Family), in print and on the web. In additionher articles can also be found on,  and

Risa has worked as a copy editor for various local newspapers and was a Family Educator from 2008 to 2013, teaching third, fourth, sixth and seventh graders and their parents. She also authored an anti-bullying curriculum, which was successfully piloted in the Roslyn schools.  She is an attorney by profession and practiced law in New York City from 1986 to 1990.

She received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.