Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D., is a family therapist with twenty-seven years of experience helping children, adolescents and families. She is the author of three books on child therapy. Her latest book is A Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became an American Epidemic (Avery/Penguin). Her previous books, published by W. W. Norton, are: In the Therapist's Mirror: Reality in the Making, and Suffer the Children:The Case against Labeling and Medicating and an Effective Alternative (published in paperback with the title: Pills are not for Preschoolers).
Dr. Wedge blogs for the Huffington Post, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Natural Health, People Magazine, L. A. Parent, Babble and many other publications. Her Psychology Today blog "Why French Kids don't have ADHD" has more than 15 million readers, and has been translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese and a host of other languages. She has been interviewed on television (CBS-San Francisco, San Diego Living), and on National Public Radio (NPR).
Dr. Wedge is the originator of "strategic child-focused family therapy," which empowers parents to help their children heal without labeling them with so-called "psychiatric disorders" or medicating them with psychotropic drugs.
Dr. Wedge earned her bachelor's degree and her doctorate at the University of Chicago, where she was a Danforth Foundation Fellow, and had a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hastings Center for Bioethics in New York. She has taught at the California State University, East Bay and the College of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a popular speaker at national and international professional conferences and is also a frequent speaker at parenting and educational groups.
Dr. Wedge lives in Oak Park, California with her husband Gene. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.