Our Expert Panel of leaders in mental health, parenting, and child development from around the world play a critical role in advancing the work of JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth, ensuring that programming and advocacy efforts are deeply rooted in the latest research and knowledge in the field.
Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist in the Bay Area, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco, and a Founding Member of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic (CAGC) at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. As Director of Mental Health for CAGC, Dr. Ehrensaft provides comprehensive interdisciplinary services and advocacy to gender nonconforming/ transgender children, youth, and their families. Her research focuses on child development, gender, parenting, parent-child relationships, and psychological issues for families using assisted reproductive technology. She has published several books and articles in these areas and lectures, serves as an expert witness, and makes media appearances nationally and internationally on these topics.
Ken Ginsburg, M.D., M.S.Ed, is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine and the Co-Founder and Director of Programs at the Center for Parent and Teen Communication at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is also a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research, and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strengths of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. He is the author of Raising Resilient Children and Teens. New resources are available for parents about confronting racism Raising Youth of Color in a Complex World as well as a comprehensive chapter for youth-serving professionals The Traumatic Impact of Racism and Discrimination on Young People and How to Talk About It.
Madeline Levine, Ph.D. has been working for over 35 years as a Psychologist, Educator, and New York Times bestselling author of The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well. Dr. Levine’s most recent book, Ready or Not, focuses on how to best prepare our children and ourselves for an uncertain and rapidly changing world. She is a frequent keynote speaker for schools, parents, and business leaders. Dr. Levine is a co-founder of Challenge Success, a project of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Challenge Success provides families and schools with the practical research-based tools they need to raise healthy, resilient, motivated kids, capable of reaching their full potential.