James Garbarino, Ph.D.

James Garbarino is the Senior Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago and holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology. He was the Founding Director of the Center from 2006-2009. Before arriving at Loyola, he was Cornell University’s Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development and co-director of the Family Life Development Center. He received his bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and a doctorate in human development and family studies from Cornell University. From 1985-1994,he was President of the Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development.

Dr. Garbarino has served as a consultant to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He also serves as an expert witness in criminal and civil cases involving issues of violence and children. Books he has authored or edited include: Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience: Confronting Global Realities and Rethinking Child Development; See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It; and Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence. His work has also been featured in television, magazines, and newspapers, including appearances on The Today Show, Dateline, and Larry King Live.

Dr. Garbarino has received numerous awards, including the first C. Henry Kempe Award from the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Spencer Fellow by the National Academy of Education, National Fellow by the Kellogg Foundation, and the President’s Celebrating Success Award from the National Association of School Psychologists. He’s a former president of the American Psychological Association’s Division on Child, Youth and Family Services.