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Dr. Janis Brody earned her doctorate in clinical psychology
from the University of California at Berkeley, and graduated
summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from
Columbia College, Columbia University. Dr. Brody’s informative
and entertaining book Your
Body: The Girls’ Guide (St. Martin’s
Press, September 2000) has been recommended by the media (e.g.,
Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com’s Top Ten Parenting
and Families List), and within three months after its
publication, had already sold over 19,000 copies. She is also
author of Bringing
Home the Laundry: Effective Parenting for College and Beyond
(Taylor Publishing, December 2000), which is based on
her research into how to strengthen parent-child relationships
when college begins.
Dr. Brody was co-executive producer, co-creator, co-writer
and educational consultant for the TV pilot The Flux Report,
a puberty news and sex education sketch comedy series for
‘tweens that was in development with Nickelodeon/MTV
Networks. She currently consults with the network
on reaching teens on issues of sexuality. Dr. Brody continues
to develop television shows for children and teens.
Dr. Brody has over six years of clinical experience working
with children/adolescents and their parents in schools, hospitals,
and community clinics. She’s worked as a school psychologist,
a consultant to elementary school teachers, a therapeutic
pre-school instructor, and has conducted educational/IQ testing
with children. During her six years specialization in child
and adolescent research, Dr. Brody designed, implemented,
and evaluated three major studies. She’s assessed program
effectiveness from both a community psychologist’s and
a market researcher’s perspective (Sachs Communications
Group). She originated and led a two-year interdisciplinary
collaboration among Berkeley City leaders from mental health,
education, juvenile justice, and the mayor’s office;
the goal was to prevent runaway youth from becoming homeless.
In response to the recent World Trade Center terrorist attacks,
Dr. Brody, in collaboration with Help USA, co-founded and
co-directed a drop-in crisis-counseling center in downtown
Dr. Brody has been a college instructor at the University
of California at Berkeley, a public speaker at national conferences
(e.g., American Psychological Association), and has
appeared on radio and television (FOX News). She’s
been quoted as a psychological expert in parenting (e.g.,
Parents) and teen (e.g., CosmoGIRL!) magazines,
as well as newspaper articles (e.g., Associated Press).
For leisure, Dr. Brody paints, designs jewelry, and still
does what she’s loved to do since junior high school—funk/hip-hop
dancing on roller-skates, which she indulges in every weekend
in New York’s City’s Central Park.