Dr. David Walsh
Committed to the belief that we must work to maximize the
benefits and minimize the harm of media's impact on
children, David Walsh, Ph.D., founded the National Institute
on Media and the Family in 1996. As President, Dr. Walsh
spearheads the Institute's efforts to provide information
about media to parents, teachers, and other concerned
adults-through education, research, and advocacy.
Psychologist, educator, family therapist, author, speaker,
husband, and father of three, David Walsh is one of the
leading authorities in North America on family life,
parenting, and the impact of media on children. He is also a
leading voice in addressing the issues of media's impact on
brain development in children.
Dr. Walsh is: the spokesperson for the American Medical
Association's media violence campaign; a participant in the
"Safe From the Start" summit hosted by the Departments of
Justice and Health and Human Services, and the Vice
President's national round table on "Media's Effect on
Children;" author of several books including, Selling Out
America's Children: How America Puts Profits Before Values
and What Parents Can Do; and has joined forces with Target
stores' Take Charge of Education Program™ by creating "Dr.
Dave's Family Favorites," a recommended reading list for
children ages 1 - 18. Walsh is also a frequent guest on
national programs such as: The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer;
Dateline NBC; CBS This Morning; and National Public Radio.
His editorials have appeared in The Washington Post and The
New York Times.
Walsh's seminal work on the impact of the media on society,
Selling Out America's Children: How America Puts Profits
Before Values And What Parents Can Do (Fairview Press,
1994), was widely hailed as a ground-breaking book in
identifying the full scope of violence in the media as a
major national public health issue. His first book, Designer
Kids (Deaconess Press, 1990) looked at how children are
affected by America's obsession with consumerism and
competition. In his latest book Why Do They Act That Way: A
Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen
(Free Press, 2004), Dr. Walsh explains exactly what happens
to the human brain on the path from childhood into
adolescence and adulthood.
Before founding the National Institute on Media and the
Family, Walsh was the executive director of clinics and
systems operations for Fairview Behavioral Services, a
division of Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis. He has
been affiliated with Fairview for more than 20 years,
serving as Director of Behavior Services, chemical
dependency services, treatment programs, a family renewal
center, and outpatient counseling services. Fairview Health
Services has had a long-standing commitment to strengthening
families and the community, and is a founding sponsor of the
National Institute on Media and the Family.
Dr. Walsh is on the faculty of University of St. Thomas and
the University of Minnesota, and has published many articles
in the professional and general press. He is active in many
professional associations and is a Licensed Psychologist in
the State of Minnesota.
Dr. Walsh is the recipient of numerous awards, including the
1999 Minnesota Council on Family Relations' Friend of the
Family Award; Minnesota Medical Association's 1995 Stop the
Violence Award; the 1995 Community Service Award presented
by the Jewish Community Center of Minneapolis for efforts on
behalf of children; the Harriet Burns Award for Professional
Psychology, presented by the University of St. Thomas to the
outstanding Minnesota Psychologist in 1992; and the 1992
Wheel Forum Award for contributors to family life education.
He is a member of the American Psychological Association and
the Minnesota Psychological Association.
David Walsh lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Monica, and
has three grown children.
Books:No, January 2007
WHY Do They Act That Way?: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen, June 2005