Dr. Robert Brooks


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.


Books Authored or Co-Authored

He has also written extensively about these topics. He is the author or co-author of 21 books including:

Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success
Chasing Positivity: The Charismatic Advisor in Conversation
Reflections on Mortality: Insights into Meaningful Living
Play Therapy Interventions to Enhance Resilience
Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Self-Esteem Teacher
The Charismatic Advisor: Becoming a Source of Strength in the Lives of Your Clients
Raising Resilient Children
Raising Resilient Children: A Curriculum
Nurturing Resilience in Our Children: Answers to the Most Important Parenting Questions
Raising a Self-Disciplined Child
Handbook of Resilience in Children (1st, 2nd, & 3rd editions)
Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less
Angry Children, Worried Parents: Seven Steps to Help Families Manage Anger
Seven Steps to Improve Your Child’s Social Skills
Understanding and Managing Children’s Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms
The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life
A Pediatric Approach to Learning Disorders
So That’s How I Was Born!
(a sex education book for young children).

The Media

Dr. Brooks has also shared his work via the media.  He has appeared regularly on television shows in the Boston area as well as on national cable and network television.  He completed a videotape and educational guide for PBS titled “Look What You’ve Done! Stories of Hope and Resilience” that focuses on the resilience in children with special needs and participated in the production of two videotapes by Sunburst Communications, one about parenting children with special needs and the other about developing responsibility in children.  Drs. Brooks and Sam Goldstein also 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.  In addition, Dr. Brooks has served as a consultant to Sesame Street Parents Magazine.

Training, Positions, and Awards

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 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. He has a part-time private practice in which he sees children, adolescents, adults, and families.  Dr. Brooks has received the following awards:

Gubernatorial Award for Distinguished Public Service for his work with the Governor’s Alliance Against Drugs    

“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

Special Recognition and Media Award from the Massachusetts Psychological Association

Friends of Family Award from the Family Place, MA

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 

Distinguished Leadership Award from Learning Disabilities Worldwide in recognition of his contributions and commitment to the field of learning disabilities

Outstanding Educator Award for Mental Health Education from the New England Educational Institute, Pittsfield, MA

Humanitarian Award from William James College, Newton, MA, for his work as a clinician, educator, and author

Trailblazer Award from Worldmaker International, Cedar Rapids, IA, in recognition of his contributions “to the field of human resilience, and his innovation in creating new pathways for many.”