Robert Brooks, PhD, is a psychologist on the faculty, part-time, of Harvard Medical School and former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric facility. His first position at McLean was as principal of the school in the locked door unit of the child and adolescent program. Dr. Brooks received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Clark University and did postdoctoral training at the University of Colorado Medical Center. He has lectured nationally and internationally about the themes of school climate, motivation, family relationships, education, resilience, and achieving balance in our personal and professional lives.
Dr. Brooks has also written extensively about these topics. He is the author or co-author of many books including Play Therapy Interventions to Enhance Resilience, The Self-Esteem Teacher, Raising Resilient Children, Nurturing Resilience in Our Children: Answers to the Most Important Parenting Questions, Raising a Self-Disciplined Child, Handbook of Resilience in Children, Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less, Angry Children, Worried Parents, Understanding and Managing Children's Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms, The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, Personal Strength in Your Life and A Pediatric Approach to Learning Disorders, and Reflections on Mortality: Insights Into Meaningful Living.
Dr. Brooks has received numerous awards including a Gubernatorial Award for Distinguished Public Service for his work with the Governor's Alliance Against Drugs, "Hall of Fame" awards from both CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders), a Special Recognition and Media Award from the Massachusetts Psychological Association, The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prentice School in Santa Ana, CA for his efforts on behalf of students with learning differences, and the Distinguished Leadership Award from Learning Disabilities Worldwide.