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Dr. Warshak Media Kit

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. Dr. Richard Warshak’s groundbreaking research, trenchant challenges to gender stereotypes, and passionate advocacy for children have made him one the world’s most respected authorities on divorce, child custody, and the psychology of alienated children. As a White House consultant, and through his writing, speeches, legislative and courtroom testimony, videos, and workshops, Dr. Warshak has had a profound impact on the law and well-being of families where parents live apart from each other.

. Since 1977 Dr. Warshak has examined assumptions and practices in family law in the light of logic and scientific data. His studies on father and mother custody, remarriage, relocation, parenting plans for young children, the approximation rule, children’s preferences in custody disputes, and parental alienation appear in 13 books, more than 65 articles, and more than 100 presentations, and are cited often in the professional literature and in case law and legislatures throughout the world. His most recent publications analyzed the science behind parenting plans for young children, fathers’ overnights with infants and toddlers, joint physical custody, and the best-interest standard. Dr. Warshak has delivered keynote speeches throughout the U.S., Canada, and abroad.

. A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Warshak is a clinical, research, and consulting psychologist, Clinical Professor of psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of the Editorial Board of three professional journals.

. Dr. Warshak was a White House consultant on child custody and one of 60 top experts invited to participate in an American Bar Association family law reform initiative. His amicus brief on relocation, endorsed by the leading authorities on divorce, was accepted by the Supreme Court of the State of California.

. Dr. Warshak’s book, The Custody Revolution (Simon & Schuster, 1992), advocated mediation of custody disputes and greater father involvement, two reforms that have since become mainstream in U. S. law and practice. His second book, Divorce Poison: How To Protect Your Family From Bad-Mouthing And Brainwashing (HarperCollins, 2002/2010), now in its 25th printing, is translated in six languages and is the world’s best-selling resource on parental alienation.

. Dr. Warshak appears in the PBS documentary Kids And Divorce, and is co-author of a DVD for children and parents titled, Welcome Back Pluto: Understanding, Preventing, And Overcoming Parental Alienation.

. As an international media guest commentator Dr. Warshak has contributed to segments on more than 75 topics including celebrity divorces, custody disputes, parental alienation, child abuse, stepfamilies, child psychology and parenting, and helping children cope with fears and trauma. He has been interviewed by National Public Radio and the major television networks in the U.S., Canada, England, and Germany, including ABC 20/20, NBC Today, NBC Dateline, CBS, CNN, BBC, CTV, Fox, Geraldo, and CourtTV. His work has been featured in international print media in the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Columbia, and New Zealand, including the New York Times (Sunday front page story), Washington Post (cover story), USA Today (cover story), London Sunday Telegraph, Il Giornale (Italy), Toronto Star, Globe and Mail (editorial, front page, & Life section), Macleans (Canada), and Time magazine (1980, 2004, and 2011).

. Dr. Warshak lives and works with his wife in Dallas, Texas. He is available for broadcast and print media interviews.

Contact him at:
1920 North Coit Road - Suite 200-203, Richardson, TX 75080 USA

Divorce Poison/Parental Alienation/Parental Alienation Syndrome
  • allegations of alienation in celebrity custody disputes
  • child abductions
  • understanding alienated children
  • understanding parental alienation processes
  • preventing alienation and estrangement
  • overcoming alienation and estrangement
  • reuniting parents with their estranged adult children
  • therapeutic management of parental alienation in families
  • judicial management of parental alienation in families
  • Family Bridges: A Workshop for Troubled and Alienated Parent-Child Relationships™
  • controversies regarding parental alienation syndrome
Child Custody, Divorce, and Stepfamilies – General
  • celebrity divorces and custody disputes
  • psychological trauma to children of extensive media attention
  • how to talk to your children about the other parent
  • the Warshak Test for distinguishing between helpful and harmful criticism of a parent
  • impact of divorce on children and adolescents
  • child development in stepfamilies
  • father custody
  • mother custody
  • joint custody
  • mothers without custody
  • coping with the stress of single parenting
  • relocation cases
  • when children ask to move from mom’s house to dad’s
  • parenting plans for infants and young children
  • child custody evaluation procedures
  • benefits and hazards of involving children in custody decisions
  • evaluating child custody evaluators
  • ethical issues in child custody evaluations
  • writing effective custody evaluation reports
  • child custody consultations
  • bias in child custody evaluations and consultations
  • pediatric consultations with divorcing families
  • divorce mediation
  • collaborative divorce
  • child support compliance
  • the American Law Institute’s approximation rule proposal
  • holidays in divorced families
  • how to tell your children about your divorce
  • should children decide custody?
  • preparing children for summer contacts with the other parent
  • tips for stepparents
  • tips for remarried parents
Child Psychology and Parenting
  • self-esteem in children and adolescents
  • depression in children
  • anxiety in children
  • shy children
  • children who lie
  • bipolar disorder in children
  • sibling rivalry
  • managing your child’s difficult behavior
  • teen dating tips for parentssuggestibility in children
  • childhood sexual behavior
  • child sex abuse
  • coping with sexual abuse of children
  • evaluating sex abuse allegations
  • myths in abuse and neglect cases
  • empty nest syndrome
  • school anxiety
  • preparing your child for back-to-school and first-day fears
  • teacher-student conflicts
  • children who overeat
  • talking to children about trauma, e.g., the Columbia Shuttle tragedy, 9/11
  • talking to your children about sex
  • dealing with children’s misbehavior in public
  • helping children cope with trauma
  • helping children cope with anxiety about war and terrorism
  • how to tell when things are going well...and what to do when they’re not
  • when to consult a child psychologist
General Psychology and Mental Health
  • adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • emotional affairs
  • keeping New Year’s resolutions
  • reducing holiday stress
  • coping with job loss
  • managing war-related anxiety
  • coping with general anxiety
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • memory and recall
Government Organizations
  • The White House
  • U.S. Commission on Child And Family Welfare
  • Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division (Chicago)
  • State of Connecticut House of Representatives
  • State of Missouri Legislature
  • Texas State Legislature
  • 305th District Court of Dallas County, Texas
Social Science and Medical Professionals
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • World Association for Infant Mental Health
  • American Association of Psychiatric Services to Children
  • Association for the Care of Children in Hospitals
  • American Orthopsychiatric Association
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Department of Psychiatry
  • Grand Rounds
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Department of Pediatrics
  • Grand Rounds
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Continuing Education
  • Conference
  • Timberlawn Research Foundation
  • Florida Psychological Association
  • Tallahassee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Dallas Psychological Association
  • Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Social Work
  • Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • Dallas Psychoanalytic Institute
  • Dallas Group of Women Psychiatrists
  • Dallas Child Guidance Clinic
  • Presbyterian Hospital Psychiatry Grand Rounds
  • Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital
  • Brookhaven Psychiatric Pavilion
  • Pediatric Associates of Dallas
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program
  • Psychologists' Association of Alberta, Canada
Legal Professionals
  • American Bar Association
  • National Judicial Institute (organization of Canadian Judges)
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Seminar
  • State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Family Law Section
  • Dallas County Bar Association
  • Denton County Bar Association
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Tallahassee Bar Association
  • Annette Stewart Inns of Court
  • Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Association Family Law Bench Bar
  • University of Texas School of Law
Interdisciplinary Groups
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (National Conferences)
  • International Conference on Parental Alienation Syndrome (Frankfurt,
  • Germany)
  • High Conflict Forum of Toronto
  • Wisconsin Inter-Professional Committee on Divorce
  • Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Arizona Chapter
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts California Chapter
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Texas Chapter
  • Dallas Forensic Group
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Massachusetts Chapter
Educational, Community, and Advocacy Organizations
  • The Family Place (domestic violence shelter)
  • Jewish Family Service
  • Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs
  • Children’s Rights Council
  • Federation of North Texas Area Universities
  • The Atlas Society
  • Family Outreach of Comal County
  • Jewish Family and Child Service of Toronto
  • Junior League of Texas
  • University Park Parent-Teacher Association
  • Solomon Schechter Parent’s Association
  • Greenhill School
  • Parental Alienation Awareness Organization of Alberta (Canada)
  • Moorestown, New Jersey Library
  • Parental Alienation Awareness Organization (Southlake, Texas)




Dr. Warshak has been interviewed for the following programs:

  • PBS documentary – Kids & Divorce: For Better or Worse
  • ABC 20/20 – interviewed by Chris Cuomo
  • NBC Dateline
  • NBC Today – interviewed by Jane Pauley
  • NBC Weekend Today
  • CBS Early Show
  • CBS Saturday Early Show
  • CNN Paula Zahn Now
  • CNN Sonya Live
  • CTV (Canada Television) The Verdict with Paula Todd
  • Fox & Friends
  • ABC Home Show
  • CourtTV
  • BBC Panorama
  • Geraldo
  • Fox Good Day Dallas – regular guest, frequent appearances
  • 2002-2005
  • ABC Good Morning Texas


  • National Public Radio – Marketplace
  • NBC Radio
  • Numerous radio stations throughout the U. S. and Canada

Dr. Warshak has been quoted, or written about, in the following publications:


  • Time – 1980, 2004, 2011
  • Parade — Sunday newspaper supplement magazine
  • Maclean’s – leading news magazine in Canada
  • Semana – leading news magazine in Columbia, South America
  • Redbook
  • Parents
  • Working Mother
  • Parenting
  • Child
  • Men’s Health – 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000
  • Psychology Today – 1980, 1985, 2007, 2008
  • Best Life
  • American Psychological Association Monitor
  • Omni
  • M
  • Science News
  • Dallas Child


  • Sunday New York Times — page 1 story
  • USA Today — 1987, 1992 — cover story
  • Washington Post — page 1 story
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Toronto Star
  • Globe and Mail – Canada’s national newspaper — page 1 story
  • Law Times – Canada’s law newspaper
  • NY Daily News
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers syndicated column
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Scotland on Sunday — Article on the divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana
  • London Sunday Telegraph
  • Sunday Star Times (New Zealand)
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • San Diego Union Tribune
  • Boston Sunday Globe
  • Boston Herald
  • Austin American-Statesman
  • Houston Post
  • Dallas Morning News — 1982, 1985, 1991, 1992, 2003 — page 1 story, 2004
  • Fort Worth Star Telegram
  • Detroit Free Press
  • Asbury Park Press
  • Plano Star Courier — 1981, 1982, 1987, 2001— two page 1 stories, 2007
  • Parent to Parent – syndicated column in 2002, 2003, and 2004
  • Richardson Daily News

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