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David Stein

Dr. David SteinTeaching, consulting, researching, and writing Best-Sellers are all in a day's work for Longwood Professor David Stein.

Dr. David Stein, a longtime member of Longwood's psychology faculty, has written five books and has become internationally known for his work in helping parents and training mental health professionals in medication-free behavioral treatments of difficult children and adolescents.

Even before his most recent book, Stop Medicating/Start parenting: Real Solutions for Your "Problem" Teenager, reached the store shelves in January, Amazon reported selling out their stock three times within the first month. His second book, Ritalin Is Not the Answer: A Drug-Free, Practical Program for Children Diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, remained on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble top 10 best-seller list for several months. Another book, Unraveling the ADD/ADHD Fiasco: Successful Parenting without Drugs, has been translated into Spanish and appears to be selling strongly throughout Spanish-speaking countries, he says.

He has presented at more than 60 professional conferences, including conferences in Spain and England; received a research award for his drug-free behavioral treatments at the 1998 American Psychological Association conference; published in numerous professional refereed journals; and is one of only two psychologists credentialed by the Virginia State Police. His methods have been endorsed by nationally syndicated parenting columnist John Rosemond (Dr. Stein answers reader mail on Rosemond's web site and writes for his magazine, Traditional Parent) and also by the litigation attorneys (who are targeting the pharmaceutical companies) at the Ritalin Litigation Conference in 2001 in New York City.

Dr. Stein is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, many of which examine the controversial use of psychiatric drugs, including Ritalin, for young people with Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).

"Parents searching for help either get bad professional advice or books filled with psychobabble, so they're often frustrated," he says. "My work is devoted to developing psychological methods that eliminate reliance on potentially addicting and unhealthy psychiatric drugs. Too many doctors and educators offer parents a quick fix with drugs. However, there are lots of parents who desperately want help, other than drugs, with difficult children or teenagers. My position is that parents have the right to choose the drugs; I'm simply providing healthier, far more effective drug-free parenting alternatives. I've always believed that psychology can, and should, do better in empowering parents with highly effective skills and tools."

In addition to his teaching and writing, Dr. Stein began working with the State Police in 2002. "I carry identification as a State Police consultant that allows me to enter a crime scene, to have access to secure documents, and to enter a ‘perimeter,' a police blockade. I do criminal profiling, threat assessment, critical incident responses, hostage and crisis negotiations, and some crime-scene investigations. I enjoy friendships with officers, and one day I'd love to write a book on cop humor."

His other books are The Ritalin Is Not the Answer Guide and Controlling the Difficult Adolescent: The REST Program (Real Economy System for Teens). He has completed the first draft
of a new book on marriage and relationships