"Becoming a father gave me a whole new career," says Armin Brott. "When I became a father the first time, there were almost no resources out there for dads. I set about to change that. The first thing I did was write the books I wish I would have had. And for more than a decade now, I've been doing everything I can to give dads the tools, encouragement, and support to be the fathers they want to be, and that their children need them to be. I can't imagine a more fulfilling career."
Armin Brott, known worldwide as Mr. Dad (www.mrdad.com), is a nationally recognized parenting expert and the best-selling author of six books on fatherhood, which have helped millions of men and women around the world build close, lasting relationships with their children. His books include The Expectant Father, The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year, Fathering Your Toddler: A Dad's Guide to the Second and Third Years, and Father for Life: A Journey of Joy, Challenge, and Change. He has just released a new DVD, Toolbox for New Dads: Because Babies Don't Come With Instructions. Brott also writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column, "Ask Mr. Dad," hosts his own radio show, Positive Parenting, and is a highly sought-after speaker, teacher, and television and radio show guest. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, the Washington Post, Men's Health, WebMD, BabyCenter.com, Glamour, Parenting, Child, American Baby, and dozens of other Web sites and publications.
Brott, his three daughters, his wife, and two female cats live in Oakland, California, where he often wonders what it would be like to have someone else with a Y chromosome around the house.
"I became a pediatrician because I enjoy being with kids," says David Schonfeld. "I'm fascinated with the way that children view the world and learn to interact with it. I'm particularly interested in figuring out how to help children understand and adjust to illness and difficult situations, such as the death of a family member or a crisis in their family or community."
Dr. Schonfeld is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and the Thelma and Jack Rubinstein Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). He completed the six-year B.A./M.D. program at Boston University, a pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and a developmental-behavioral pediatrics fellowship program at the University of Maryland before joining the faculty at Yale, where he worked for 16 years before relocating in July 2005 to Cincinnati. He remains as a Professor Adjunct of Pediatrics at Yale in order to continue his research in New Haven Public Schools. In July 2005, he became the new Director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at CCHMC.
Dr. Schonfeld is a member of the National Commission on Children and Disasters, the Mental Health Subcommittee of the National Biodefense Science Board Federal Advisory Committee, the American Academy of Pediatrics' Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council (having served on the AAP's Task Force on Terrorism), and the National Children's Study Federal Advisory Committee. He is a past President (2006-2007) of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and past Chair (2004-2008) of the Committee on Pediatric Research of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He has served as a member of the initial Subboard of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics of the American Board of Pediatrics.
His clinical expertise in pediatric bereavement and extensive experience in school crisis response led to his funding to establish a National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at CCHMC. His research involves children's understanding of and adjustment to serious illness and death and school-based interventions to promote healthy behavior and risk prevention. He has authored elementary school curricula in both AIDS and cancer prevention education at the elementary school level, which have been evaluated through multiple randomized, controlled trials.
Dr. Schonfeld lives with his wife, Joanne, a landscape architect, and one of their two teenage daughters (the oldest attends college in California), who have tried patiently to teach him what he really needs to know about being a parent.