Leonard Sax

Leonard Sax earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in five semesters at the age of 19. He then went on to the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned both his PhD in psychology, and his MD. Next he did a 3-year residency in family practice at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Dr. Sax established a family practice in Montgomery County Maryland, just outside Washington DC. He provided both primary care and urgent care services to children and adults in suburban Maryland for more than 19 years. After an extended sabbatical to lead workshops across North America and around the world, Dr. Sax returned to full-time clinical practice near his home in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Dr. Sax has built an international reputation as an expert in issues of child and adolescent development. He has spoken on issues of child and adolescent development for schools and communities not only all across North America – from California to Nova Scotia and from Alaska to Florida – but also in Australia, Bermuda, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, and Switzerland. He has written four books for parents:
  • Why Gender Matters (Doubleday)
  • Boys Adrift (Basic Books)
  • Girls on the Edge (Basic Books)
  • The Collapse of Parenting (Basic Books)
His essays about a wide range of pediatric issues – the diagnosis and misdiagnosis of ADHD; a growing apathy and lack of motivation among American kids, especially boys; and the overuse of psychiatric medications in children, among other issues - have been published in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and others. You can watch streaming video of the TV interviews, review lists of his speaking engagements, and contact him directly, at www.leonardsax.com.

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