Michael Ungar Ph.D.

Michael Ungar, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Ungar is equally well known as the author of books for parents and caregivers as he is for his world-renowned research on the topic of resilience. As a writer he has adapted ideas from his research and clinical practice into best-selling works like Too Safe For Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive, and his most recent release, I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from Their Parents. In total, he has published 14 books, over 125 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and maintains a blog on Psychology Today’s website. In another of his many roles, he is the founder and co-director of the Resilience Research Centre that coordinates millions of dollars in research in more than a dozen countries. That work has inspired many of Michael’s books and articles for mental health professionals and researchers, including Working with Children and Youth with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience, and The Social Ecology of Resilience.

When not on the road and back at his home in Halifax, Canada, he is the Killam Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, Scientific Director of the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network, executive board member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and a family therapist who works with local services for homeless and at-risk young people. In 2012 Michael was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award.

Author of

Nurturing Resilience

Nurturing Resilience explores the many factors that make children (and adults) resilient. Building on Dr. Ungar's research and clinical practice, this blog shows that resilience is not just something inside a person. When problems are larger, resilience is just as much something that is nurtured by families, schools and communities. An individual's  ability to cope under adversity is seldom enough to sustain wellbeing without the support of caring others. 

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