Carolyn Crowder, PhD – Long Bio


Carolyn Crowder, PhD, attended the University of Arizona and finished her doctorate in 1980. She is a retired psychologist whose primary interest is Adlerian parent education. Her doctoral study was an examination of childrearing practices and beliefs in a remote Zapotec Indian community in Oaxaca, Mexico. During her 40 year career she led parenting groups, worked as a therapist in public school systems, supervised child treatment for incest victims, and maintained a private practice.  In the late 1990s, she became alarmed at the use of multiple psychotropic medications with children whose problems were the result of abusive and neglectful family environments and/or typical misbehaviors that any child might exhibit. She joined the ICSPP (now ISEPP) organization 8 years ago, and has served on its board for the past 2 years.

Dr. Crowder has 3 parenting books on the market which have been translated into 10 languages.  Her first book, Backtalk, was a national bestseller.  She appeared on the Today Show, Dateline, 20/20 and NPR. She recently joined the Mother Bear Can steering committee which will offer alternatives to parents with children who are distressed or who are distressing.