In this episode Scott interviews Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, the author of “Putting Children First.”

Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll is a clinical psychologist, researcher, author and consultant with over 30 years of experience with children and families.  Dr Pedro-Carroll is the author of over 100 publications, including her award-winning book, “Putting Children First:  Proven parenting strategies for helping children thrive through divorce.” She serves as an international consultanton the mental health and wellness of children and families.  An advisor to Sesame Street, Dr Pedro-Carroll helped to develop materials to foster children’s resilience and understanding of divorce-related family changes.  She is the founder of the Children of Divorce Intervention Program (CODIP), an award-winning series of prevention programs for kindergarten through eighth grade children in the United States  and internationally.  She developed and co-founded A.C.T.—For the Children (Assisting Children through Transition), a parent education program that serves as a model throughout NY state and nationally.

Her programs have earned widespread acclaim, including: a Program Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Lela Rowland Award from the National Mental Health Association, and citation as an exemplary program for children from several national and international organizations.

As a Senior Researcher at Children’s Institute and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester for 25 years, her areas of research included the development, implementation, and evaluation of preventive interventions for children and families experiencing stressful life transitions.  She is the recipient of American Psychological Association’s 2001 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Service, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) award for Outstanding Research.

Dr. Pedro-Carroll maintains a private practice dedicated to fostering resilience and healthy relationships in adults and children and provides pro bono support services to refugee families and their children.  She and her husband Roger have 7 children. Her greatest joy is spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren Jack, age 4 and Amelia, age 2.

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