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Michael C. Reichert

Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives; University of Pennsylvania
Executive Director
Michael Reichert is an applied and research psychologist who has long been an advocate for children and families. From counseling youth involved in the juvenile justice system through experiences leading treatment teams in a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Reichert has tested his understanding of children with practical, even life-saving, challenges.

He has also immersed himself in research and consultation experiences that have afforded a deeper understanding of the conditions that allow a child to flourish in natural contexts: families, schools, and communities. He has created and run programs both in inner-city communities and in some of the most affluent suburbs in the world. Working closely with children across such varied conditions, he has come to a profound appreciation for the hard science of human development.

He helped to create and then for ten years led an intervention for high-risk youth in the tri-state region around Philadelphia. Eventually, he created the first school-based research center devoted to understanding the particular needs of boys, which grew into a research collaborative between more than 15 independent schools and the University of Pennsylvania.

He leads the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives, which trains high school students to explore pressing questions about relationships and identity. His work with the Center led to a series of global studies on boys’ education. He has traveled and spoken to audiences of boys, educators, and parents throughout Africa, the UK, Canada, and in many states in the US. He has led workshops and consulted to hundreds of schools.

His books include Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Lessons About What Works—and Why and I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners. He currently writes a column for Psychology Today, "The Power of Connection," and has a forthcoming book for parents, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men.

My Friday Slate Sessions

Friday, October 18

9:40am PDT