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David Walsh, Ph.D.

President, National Institute on Media and the Family

David Walsh, Ph.D.Dr. 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
Senior Partner
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 more time."

"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 - GREAT!"

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