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Dr. Robert Brooks

Dr. Robert Brooks

Motivation and Mindsets: Shaping Attitudes and Inspiring Learners

Dr. Robert Brooks has lectured nationally and internationally to audiences of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and business people on topics pertaining to motivation, resilience, family relationships, the qualities of effective leaders and executives, and balancing our personal and professional lives. He has also written extensively about these topics. He is the author or co-author of 17 books including: Raising Resilient Children; Raising a Self-Disciplined Child; Handbook of Resilience in Children. Understanding and Managing Children’s Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms; The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life.

Dr. Brooks and Sam Goldstein prepared a parenting video and curriculum about resilience and have produced a documentary “Tough Times, Resilient Kids” that was a finalist in the 23rd Telly Awards. Dr. Brooks completed a videotape and educational guide for PBS titled “Look What You’ve Done! Stories of Hope and Resilience” that focuses on resilience in children with special needs. In addition, Dr. Brooks has served as a consultant to Sesame Street Parents Magazine.

Dr. Brooks received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Clark University and did additional training at the University of Colorado Medical School. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School (part-time) and has served as Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital. His first position at McLean Hospital was as principal of the school in the locked door unit of the child and adolescent program.

Dr. Brooks received a Gubernatorial Award for Distinguished Public Service for his work with the Governor’s Alliance Against Drugs; as part of his contribution to the Alliance, he co-authored a pamphlet for parents about talking with children and adolescents about drugs. Dr. Brooks also received “Hall of Fame” awards from both CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders) and the Connecticut Association for Children with Learning Disabilities for his work with special needs children and adolescents, a Special Recognition and Media Award from the Massachusetts Psychological Association, the Friends of Family Award from the Family Place, MA and the Mandy Overton Award from St. David’s Child Development and Family Services, Minnetonka, MN for his work on behalf of children and families, The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prentice School in Santa Ana, CA for his efforts on behalf of students with learning differences, the Distinguished Leadership Award from Learning Disabilities Worldwide in recognition of his contributions and commitment to the field of learning disabilities, and the Outstanding Educator Award for Mental Health Education from the New England Educational Institute, Pittsfield, MA.