David Walsh, Ph.D.
President, National Institute on Media and the
Walsh is the president and founder of the National
Institute on Media and the Family based in Minneapolis,
MN. Psychologist, educator, author and parent of
three Dr. Walsh has emerged as one of the world's
leading authorities on parenting, family life and
the impact of media on children and teens. He has
written eight books including the national best
seller Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide
to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen
(Free Press, 2004).
David Walsh, Ph.D. is a highly sought after international
speaker. His presentations focus on brain development,
adolescence, the impact of media on children and
the factors that influence school performance, literacy,
and violence prevention. His presentations are down
to earth, understandable, engaging, and laced with
warmth and humor.
Dr. Walsh is a frequent guest on national radio
and television. He has appeared on such programs
as CBS 60 Minutes, NBC Dateline, CBS Early
Show, News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Good Morning America,
Today Show, the Jane Pauley Show and National Public
Radio's All Things Considered. His work has
been covered in major newspapers such as the New
York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post,
Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Reader's Digest,
and others. He has been featured in three nationally
broadcast specials on PBS.
Dr. Walsh received his Ph.D. in psychology from
the University of Minnesota. He is currently on
the faculty there and is also a consultant to the
World Health Organization. He has been the recipient
of many awards including the 1999 "Friend of
the Family Award" presented by the Council
on Family Relations. He and his wife Monica have
three grown children, Dan, Brian, and Erin.
Comments and Evaluations
"Dr. Walsh made a compelling presentation-one
of the best we've ever had at our annual meeting."
- John F. Eisberg
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P.
"Our business leaders were taking notes on
David's eye-opening revelations as he was one of
our most interesting and dynamic series speakers!
We will definitely invite him back!"
- Barbara Obershaw
Burnsville, MN Chamber of Commerce
"We've had people calling asking when we are
going to bring him back!"
- Jamie Langlois
"Dr. Walsh had our entire group of managers
talking for weeks after his presentation."
- Gary Strong
Chief Information Officer
Fairview Health Services
"Just when you think Dr. Walsh has covered
all the ground possible, he comes through with more
information that connects with a wide range of audiences."
- Mary Harp- Jirschele
Vice President, Communications
"David combined the humor of Bill Cosby with
the teaching wisdom of Socrates to keep our teaching
staff spellbound for five hours. He was a marvelous
inspiration to all of us. Rarely has a particular
individual been able to incite a feeling of warmth
and understanding and so generously offered a personal
experience and knowledge as guidance to our staff.
The 1200 staff members working in the public schools
in Somerville, Massachusetts consider it a great
opportunity to have worked with Dr. David Walsh."
- Dr. Albert F. Argenziano
Superintendent, Somerville, MA
"In my thirty-seven years of attending workshops,
this is the best I have ever been to."
"Absolutely wonderful. Maybe the best workshop
that I've ever attended."
"Powerful presentation! Could have listened
to Dr. Dave all day."
"Absolutely outstanding! Only wish we had
"WOW! This was incredible. I could have listened
to him for a whole day. Bring him back. EXCELLENT!"
"We want more of what Dr. Walsh can offer