Praise for The Critical Role of Parenting in Human Development

“This important, interesting, and clearly written book explains how child rearing determines child development, and the role that this can play decades later in adult health or disease, happiness or emotional distress, and social function or malfunction.  Extremely well referenced and including important historical information as well as current discoveries in neuroscience, The Critical Role of Parenting in Human Development is of particular value to parents, primary care physicians, and all others who deal with the long-term outcomes of childhood, whether in their personal lives, as spouses, or professionally.”
–Vincent J. Felitti, MD, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Univ. of California, Co-Principal Investigator of Adverse Childhood Experiences Study


"This book is essential reading for anyone who advocates for, works with, or seeks to improve their knowledge of children and the issues of parenting and child development. Klebanov and Travis demonstrate how modern medical assessments reveal the impact of child abuse on the brain, creating physical, emotional, intellectual and even economic issues that last a lifetime. They make the case for using the medical evidence they have thoughtfully compiled and analyzed to re-visit our policies, laws and social discourse around childrearing, for the critical benefit of current and future generations.”
-Anna Ranieri, PhD, MFT, Psychotherapist and co-author of How Can I Help? What You Can (and Can’t) Do to Counsel a Friend, Colleague or Family Member With a Problem


"With integrity, courage, and honesty, Marianna Klebanov, J.D., an experienced attorney for maltreated children, masterfully conveys compelling research findings on the pivotal influence of attuned and empathic parenting. Klebanov’s carefully researched work, along with co-author, psychiatrist, Adam Travis, M.D., provides a contemporary framework that continues to challenge prevailing social and cultural practices that sanction child maltreatment. This book builds upon the ideas of luminaries, such as Alice Miller, Ph.D., on the deleterious impact of child maltreatment, and poignantly illuminates potential social, cultural, and policy changes, including within the field of mental health treatment, that may better support health and healing.”

-Helen Marlo, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Jungian Psychoanalyst, Professor, Chair, Department of Clinical Psychology Notre Dame de Namur University, Reviews Editor: Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche


"With both introspection and sensitivity Klebanov and Travis highlight the critical role of development on the future of children. Readers from various disciplines will find that this text provides important insight into how child maltreatment can lead to issues later in life."

-Victor Carrion, MD, Professor, Stanford University, Director, Stanford Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital


The Critical Role of Parenting in Human Development discusses the implications of recent brain development research for parenting and public policy. The author, a committed child advocate and public policy expert, provides recommendations she supports with in-depth analyses of the latest scientific research. Parents, child advocates, and policy makers will all find her insights helpful and informative.”

-Julia Schlam Edelman, MD, Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Author of Menopause Matters: Your Guide to a Long and Healthy Life and Successful Sleep Strategies for Women