James Garbarino

Dr. James Garbarino holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and was founding Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago.Previously he was Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development and Co-Director of the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University. He earned his B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from

Cornell University in 1973. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Garbarino has served as consultant or advisor to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, the National Science Foundation , the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the FBI. In 1991 he undertook missions for UNICEF to assess the impact of the Gulf War upon children in Kuwait and Iraq, and has served as a consultant for programs serving Vietnamese, Bosnian and Croatian child refugees.

Books he has authored or edited include: The Positive Psychology of Personal Transformation: Leveraging Resilience for Life Change (in press), Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience (2008), See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It (2006). And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence (2002); Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution,Not the Problem, in Your Child’s Life (2001); Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them (1999); Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment (1995); Let's Talk About Living in a World with Violence (1993); Children in Danger: Coping With The Consequences of Community Violence (1992); Children and Families in the Social Environment, Second edition(1992); Saving Children: A Guide to Injury Prevention (1991); What Children Can Tell Us (1989);No Place To Be A Child: Growing Up In A War Zone (1991); Special Children/Special Risks: The Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities (1987); The Psychologically Battered Child (1986);Troubled Youth, Troubled Families (1986); Adolescent Development: An Ecological Perspective(1985); Social Support Networks (1983); Successful Schools and Competent Students (1981);Understanding Abusive Families (1980; Second Edition, 1997); and Protecting Children From Abuse and Neglect (1980).

Dr. Garbarino serves as a consultant to television, magazine, and newspaper reports on children and families, and in 1981, he received the Silver Award at the International Film and Television Festival of New York for co-authoring "Don't Get Stuck There: A Film on Adolescent Abuse." In 1985, he collaborated with John Merrow to produce "Assault on the Psyche," a videotaped program dealing with psychological abuse. He also serves as a scientific expert witness in criminal and civil cases involving issues of violence and children.

The National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect honored Dr. Garbarino in 1985 with its first C. Henry Kempe Award, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children. In 1975, Dr. Garbarino was named a Spencer Fellow by the National Academy of Education and, in 1981, named a National Fellow by the Kellogg Foundation. In 1979, and again in 1981, he received the Mitchell Prize from the Woodlands Conference on Sustainable Societies. In 1987, he was elected President of the American Psychological Association's Division on Child, Youth and Family Services, In 1988, he received the American Humane Association's Vincent De Francis Award for nationally significant contributions to child protection. In 1989, he received the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service, and in 1992, the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues prize for research on child abuse. In 1993, he received the Brandt F. Steele Award from the Kempe National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and in 1994 the American Psychological Association's Division on Child, Youth and Family Services’ Nicholas Hobbs Award. Also in 1994, he received the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics. In 1995, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by St. Lawrence University. In 1999, he received the Humanitarian Award from the University of Missouri’s International Center for Psychosocial Trauma. In 2000, he received the President’s Celebrating Success Award from the National Association of School Psychologists, and in 2003 the Outstanding Service to Children Award of the Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution, Not the Problem, in Your Child’s Life

Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them

Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment

Let's Talk About Living in a World with Violence

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"Dr. Garbarino was excellent.  He was professional, well prepared and delivered a great program."

--Meeting Executive, Unification Theological Seminary

Books by this Speaker
Successful Schools and Competent Students 
by James Garbarino 1981

The Psychologically Battered Child 
(Jossey Bass Social and Behavioral Science Series) by James Garbarino, Edna Guttmann, and Janis Wilson Seeley 1986

The Future As If It Really Mattered 
by James Garbarino 1986

What Children Can Tell Us: Eliciting, Interpreting, and Evaluating Information from Children
 Jossey-Bass Social and Behavioral Science Series by James Garbarino and Frances M. Scott 1989

Children and Families in the Social Environment 
(Modern Applications of Social Work) 1992

Toward A Sustainable Society 
by James Garbarino 1992

Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment 
by Jossey-Bass Publishers 1995

Understanding Abusive Families: An Ecological Approach to Theory and Practice 
by James Garbarino and John Eckenrode 1997

Children in Danger: Coping with the Consequences of Community Violence 
Jossey-Bass Social and Behavioral Science Series 1998

Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them 
Free Press – 1999 

And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence 
By James Garbarino, Ph.D. and Ellen deLara, Ph.D. Free Press – 2001

Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution, Not the Problem, in Your Child’s Life 
By James Garbarino, Ph.D. and Claire Bedard Free Press – 2001

Por Que Las Familias Abusan De Sus Hijos 
(Spanish Edition) by John Eckenrode and James Garbarino 2001

An Educator's Guide to School-Based Interventions 
by Ellen de Lara, James Garbarino, and James M. Cooper 2003

See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It 
The Penguin Press – 2006

Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience: Confronting Global Realities and Rethinking Child Development 
2009

Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned From My 20 Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases 
University of California Press, 2015
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