Advocacy: Letter to the Editor re: Pro-Smoking Messages

Below is a letter I wrote today to the editor of a popular skateboarding magazine, regarding images I keep seeing that I believe portray pro-smoking messages.  As a psychologist and father, I believe this is harmful and that people like magazine editors need to be more conscious of it.  If I get a response I’llContinue reading “Advocacy: Letter to the Editor re: Pro-Smoking Messages”

10 Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Sports Experience

Like most dads (and many moms), I’m a huge sports fan.  I grew up playing baseball and watching all kinds of sports.  I have also lived in PA for my whole life, near Philadelphia and Pittsburgh- two of the greatest sports cities in America.  So I’m competitive, and having kids who play sports, I love watching them compete too.Continue reading “10 Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Sports Experience”

Philadelphia’s Franklin’s Paine (Skate)Park: A Lesson in Resilience and Changing Stereotypes

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 was the grand opening of the Franklin’s Paine Park in Philadelphia, PA. I would call it a skatepark, but it was built as a multi-purpose city park, developed on the idea that, contrary to stereotypes and previously-held beliefs, skateboarders and pedestrians really can co-exist. I find this idea somewhat ironic, since JFKContinue reading “Philadelphia’s Franklin’s Paine (Skate)Park: A Lesson in Resilience and Changing Stereotypes”

Baseline Concussion Testing

Having grown up playing sports, and being a father to 3 boys who are involved in multiple sports, I am very interested in the benefits of sports. And as my eldest son plays ice hockey, I have also become increasingly aware of some of the dangers, including the threat of concussions. Some of my son’sContinue reading “Baseline Concussion Testing”

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