Dr. Bernstein obtained a B.S. in Biology from Tufts University before becoming a research assistant in the Dartmouth College Psychology Department, and The White River Junction Vermont VA Hospital Psychiatry Department. He received his PhD in Human Experimental Social Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. After teaching briefly at New Mexico State University, he did an NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Basic and Applied Social and Organization Psychology at Columbia University.
In 1992, he started his own consulting firm specializing in the use of multivariate statistical methods to model the 'belief systems' of employees of large organizations and of consumers. At that point he also began training as a clinical psychoanalyst, graduating in 1998 from The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at The Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
In 2004 he moved back to New Mexico and trained in Medical Psychology and Psychopharmacology at New Mexico State University. Dr. Bernstein is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychology, and was one of the first PhD psychologists in the United States licensed to prescribe psychotropic medicines. He is the author of A Basic Theory of Neuropsychoanalysis (2011), and The Realisation of Concepts: Infinity, Cognition and Health (2014), both published by Karnac Books.
He has just written a popular book called Sophistication, a self-help book which promotes self development for anyone wanting to become a sophisticate (2015). Currently, he works in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a clinician and writer.