Dr. Dave Walsh

David Walsh, Ph.D. has emerged as one of the world’s leading authorities on children, teens, parenting, family life, and the impact of technology on children’s health and development. He spent 10 years teaching and coaching high school students before joining Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis to develop and direct innovative counseling programs for youth and families. In 1995, Dr. David Walsh founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. He recently founded Mind Positive Parenting to help caring adults better understand how to help kids thrive in the 21st century.

Dr. Dave Walsh has presented workshops to parents, educators, and professionals throughout the world. A consultant to the World Health Organization and the Ministries of Education in Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, he has testified before congressional committees on numerous occasions. Dr. Walsh’s workshops blend humor, warmth, scientific substance, and practical advice.

He is the author of nine books, including the national best sellers Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen and No: Why Kids – of All Ages – Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It. This last book serves as the focal point of the national Say Yes to No campaign, which teaches parents and educators how to instill self-discipline in America’s children and ensure our kids our success in school and life. His latest book is Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier

Dr. Walsh has authored columns on numerous topics and his articles have appeared in newspapers across the country, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and others. 

A frequent guest on national radio and television, Dr. Walsh has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Dateline NBC, ABC’s 20/20, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and has been featured on three nationally broadcast PBS specials. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Council on Family Relation’s Friend of the Family Award.            

Dr. Walsh is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, is a senior advisor at Search Institute and has published many articles in the professional and general press. He is active in many professional associations, is a licensed psychologist and has been the recipient of awards and an honorary doctorate. 

He received his B.A. degree from Mt. Carmel College, his M.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Monica live in Minneapolis, have three adult children and four grandchildren.

What audiences say about Dr. Dave

"My experience is that every parent and educator walks away from one of his workshops with not only new understandings but also effective strategies for guiding children through the various stages of their development and education. Whether it's in his books or in his presentations, Dr. Walsh's ability to communicate complex subject matter and the latest research in a way that all people can comprehend is amazing. Without question, every parent and educator should have the opportunity to benefit from Dr. Walsh's expertise."

- Bart Teal, President and Founder of Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc

"David Walsh is an engaging and inspiring trainer. Dr. Dave is a fabulous story teller ~ I loved listening to him!"

- Ann Caulfield, Alaska School Boards Association, Juneau, Alaska

"Dr. Walsh has a unique ability to take highly complicated research on neuroscience and to break it down into pragmatic and meaningful information that will make a difference in the daily life of educators.  He's clear and engaging."

-  Jim Chadwell, Ed.D., Superintendent, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw School District, Fort Worth, Texas

"Dr. Walsh had our entire group of managers talking for weeks after his presentation."

  - Gary Strong , Chief Information Officer, Fairview Health Services

"Just when you think Dr. Walsh has covered all the ground possible, he comes through with more information that connects with a wide range of audiences."

  - Mary Harp- Jirschele, Vice President, Communications, AAL

"David combined the humor of Bill Cosby with the teaching wisdom of Socrates to keep our teaching staff spellbound for five hours. He was a marvelous inspiration to all of us. Rarely has a particular individual been able to incite a feeling of warmth and understanding and so generously offered a personal experience and knowledge as guidance to our staff. The 1200 staff members working in the public schools in Somerville, Massachusetts consider it a great opportunity to have worked with Dr. David Walsh."

- Dr. Albert F. Argenziano, Superintendent, Somerville, MA

Most requested topics:

Parenting With the Brain in Mind: What Science Tells Us About Raising Smart, Healthy Kids

Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain

No, Why Kids - of All Ages - Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It

The Brain Goes to School: What Science Tells Us About Student Achievement

Brain Fitness for Career Success

Parenting in an Online World

Jolts and Tricks: Unpacking the Power of Media