I have a long-term interest in the impact of gender and culture on identity and relationship development. I enjoy speaking to groups, consulting and working with the media regarding these topics. Using a two-pronged approach to this work, I help:
- Adults to be their healthiest selves and to find fulfilling partnership
- Parents, teens and educators to buffer harmful cultural messages that derail kids from discovering their full identity as well as from finding mutual partnership and friendship in adulthood.
When I speak to parents and parent groups, I often find they want to do more than spontaneously improvise when it comes to helping their teenagers develop their emotional strengths. They are eager for clear-cut information that they can actually use. When I speak to teens, their interest is stirred by information that will help them do more than improvise as they edge into more serious and complicated relationships. I also speak to singles groups and other organizations. My presentations are informal and questions and dialogue are welcome.
I am a regular expert contributor to media outlets and have appeared either in or on:
- The Washington Post,
- USA Today,
- Men’s Health,
- Teen Vogue,
- Family Circle,
- the Associated Press,
- U.S. News and World Report and
- Discovery Channel.
In addition to my “Having Sex, Wanting Intimacy” Psychology Today blog, Huffington Post Blog and my monthly contribution to Healthy Living Magazine, I authored Having Sex, Wanting Intimacy—Why Women Settle for One-Sided Relationships.
I write or provide commentary as a psychology expert on topics relating to:
- The hook up culture,
- Social media and dating,
- Improving self-esteem,
- Finding the right partner,
- Escaping the cycle of one-sided relationships and finding mutual partnership,
- Sexualizing of girls in the media,
- How girls can be socialized for bullying behavior,
- Raising girls with authentic identity,
- Ways boys and girls are socialized for disappointment in relationships, and
- How to parent for healthy relationships in adulthood.