Dorothy Otnow Lewis, M.D., grew up in New York City. She is a graduate of the Ethical Culture School, Radcliffe College, and Yale University School of Medicine. She is a psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, a professor at New York City University School of Medicine, and a clinical professor at the Yale University Child Study Centre. Her studies on violence have been cited in decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States. She is married to Dr. Melvin Lewis, a child psychiatrist and professor at Yale. The Lewis' have two children.