John Chirban, Ph.D, Th.D., is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and director of Cambridge Counseling Associates. He is the author of How to Talk With Your Kids About Sex.
Dr. Chirban earned his first doctorate in interdisciplinary studies in medicine, psychology, and religion at Harvard University and earned his second doctorate from the University Professors Program at Boston University in oral history and clinical psychology. Having completed a post doctorate program in Behavioral Medicine at The Cambridge Hospital, he is also a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and California. In 2003, he was named 40th Anniversary Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University and is also a member of the Society of Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR).
In addition to serving as clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, since 1994, Dr. Chirban is professor of psychology and chairman of the Human Development Program at Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Dr. Phil Show. Author of numerous academic articles, his recent books include: How to Talk With Your Kids About Sex (Thomas Nelson Publsiher, 2012); Holistic Healing in Byzantium (Holy Cross Press, 2010); What’s Love Got to Do with IT—Talking with Your Kids About Sex (Thomas Nelson Publisher, 2007); and True Coming of Age – A Dynamic Process that Leads to Emotional Well-Being, Spiritual Growth, and Meaningful Relationships (McGraw-Hill, 2004).
Dr. Chirban divides his time between teaching, research, and private practice in psychotherapy. A special area of interest for Dr. Chirban concerns problems in relationships and sexual health. At the Cambridge Health Alliance, he offers seminars and conducts supervision, concerning sexuality, sexual dysfunction, and spirituality in context of psychotherapy. His current research projects include an examination of the philosophy and religion of B. F. Skinner, drawing upon his collaborative interviews with Dr. Skinner spanning 25 years and SILENCED: Children of Divorce. Dr. Chirban lives in Carlisle, Massachusetts with his three children: Alexis Georgia, Anthony Thomas, and Ariana Maria.
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