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September 21, 2008 Guest Peter Benson, Ph.D.

Dr. Peter Benson joined Search Institute as a research scientist in 1978, and has served as its president since 1985. He directs a staff of professionals dedicated to advancing the wellbeing of children and adolescents through scientific research, evaluation, consultation, training, and the development of practical resources. He speaks and lectures widely, and consults with numerous communities and organizations on youth development issues.

Dr. Benson is widely recognized as one of the leading contributors to the fields of child and adolescent development. His research and writing have pioneered new thinking and action in hundreds of cities across the United States and internationally.

Dr. Benson serves on numerous boards and as an advisor to foundations, federal and state agencies, and national organizations. In 1991, he received the prestigious William James Award from the American Psychological Association for career contributions to psychology. His work has been reported in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.

Dr. Benson is the author or co-author of 15 books and more than 100 articles in scientific journals. He is editor of a major book series on community and social change and serves as a columnist for Youth Today. He holds a master's degree from Yale University and a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Denver.

Dr. Benson has authored, co-authored, or edited these resources available from Search Institute:

  • All Kids Are Our Kids: What Communities Must Do to Raise Caring and Responsible Children and Adolescents
  • A Fragile Foundation: The State of Developmental Assets among American Youth
  • Developmental Assets and Asset-Building Communities: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice
  • Starting Out Right: Developmental Assets for Children
  • The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence
  • What Kids Need to Succeed: Proven, Practical Ways to Raise Good Kids
  • What Teens Need to Succeed: Proven, Practical Ways To Shape Your Own Future

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