Dr. Madeline Levine

Dr. Madeline Levine is a psychologist with over 30 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and educator. Her book The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids explores the reasons why teenagers from affluent families are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems. Backed by cutting edge research, Levine proposes solutions that are both practical and credible. Levine's most recent book, Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success (Harper), is a toolbox for parents, providing information, relevant research, and a series of exercises to help parents clarify a definition of success that is in line with their own values as well as their children's interests and abilities. A popular speaker at schools and corporations across the country, Levine sheds light on our sometimes detrimental definitions of success when it comes to today's children.

Levine graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New York at Buffalo, where she received both a B.A. in English and a Masters degree in Education. She then attended Columbia University School of Social Work. Her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology were received from the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley, California.

Levine began her career as an elementary and junior high school teacher in the South Bronx of New York before moving to California and earning her degrees in psychology. She had a large clinical practice with an emphasis on child and adolescent problems and parenting issues. She has taught child development classes to graduate students at the University of California Medical Center/ San Francisco. For many years, Dr. Levine has been a consultant to various Bay Area schools, from pre-school through high school, as well as to schools, both public and private, throughout the country. Levine is the co-founder of the Challenge Success project at the Stanford University School of Education that was created with a mission to inform, inspire, and equip youth, parents and schools to adopt practices that expand options for youth success.

Her two previous books, Viewing Violence and See No Evil both received critical acclaim. Viewing Violence was awarded a Silver Honor by Parent's Choice, the only non-profit consumer's guide to media for, and about, children. It has been used in undergraduate college courses in a number of universities including Harvard. To learn more about Dr. Levine, please visit madelinelevine.com.

Learn more about Dr. Levine's visit to the School in November 2016.