David Elkind, PhD, is a professor and department chairman of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University. After receiving his PhD from UCLA, he was a National Science Foundation Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at Piaget's Institut d'Epistemologie Gentique in Geneva, Switzerland. Building on the theories of Jean Piaget, Elkind has done extensive research in the areas of perceptual, cognitive, and social development.
A renowned author and speaker, he has written several books, including The Hurried Child, Reinventing Childhood, All Grown Up and No Place to Go, and Ties That Stress: The New Family Imbalance. He is the author of more than 400 articles and book chapters, as well as several children's stories published in Jack and Jill magazine. His work has also been published in more popular publications such as Good Housekeeping and The Boston Globe Magazine. He has been profiled in People and Boston Magazine and is a contributing editor to Parents Magazine. Elkind presents his research in lectures throughout the U.S., Canada, and abroad. He has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Morning News, 20/20, Donahue, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Elkind co-hosted Kids These Days on Lifetime Television.
In addition, Elkind is a member of 10 professional organizations and a consultant to state education departments, clinics, mental health centers, government agencies, and private foundations. He is a past president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.