Meet the Authors

Robert Halpern, Ph.D. Erikson Institute

Robert Halpern, Ph.D., Erikson Institute

Robert Halpern, Ph.D., Professor, Erikson Institute

Robert Halpern is a Professor at the Erikson Institute for Graduate Study in Child Development in Chicago and a Faculty Associate at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Youth, Education and the Role of Society: Rethinking Learning During the High School Years (Harvard Education Press, forthcoming Spring 2013); The Means to Grow Up: Reinventing Apprenticeship as a Developmental Support in Adolescence (Routledge, 2008), Making Play Work: The Promise of After-School Programs for Low-Income Children (Teachers College Press, 2003), Fragile Families, Fragile Solutions: A History of Supportive Services for Families in Poverty (Columbia University Press, 1999) and Rebuilding the Inner City: A History of Neighborhood Initiatives to Address Poverty (Columbia University Press, 1995), as well as numerous articles and chapters on the effects of poverty on children and families, and the role of services in poor families’ lives. In recent years Dr. Halpern’s research has focused on good learning and developmental experience during the high school years.


Paul E. Heckman, Ph.D. University of California Davis

Paul E. Heckman, Ph.D., University of California Davis

Paul E. Heckman, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Professor, University of California Davis

Paul Heckman is a Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. His research interests focus on educational change and invention in urban communities, schools, and afterschool programs. These efforts are designed to understand the necessary conditions for educational renewal and invention in these settings. Lessons learned from earlier experiences appear in articles and book chapters, as well as in two books: The Courage to Change: Stories From Successful School Reform, and a soon to be published book by Heckman and Viki Montera, tentatively entitled Waking Up: The Power of Communities and Their Schools. He has taught at the elementary and secondary levels and held professorships and administrative positions at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Arizona, and the University of Washington.


Reed W. Larson, Ph.D. University of Illinois

Reed W. Larson, Ph.D., University of Illinois

Reed W. Larson, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois

Reed Larson is a professor in the Departments of Human and Community Development, Psychology, and Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the daily developmental experience of adolescents, particularly in the context of youth development programs and families. He is author of Divergent Realities: The Emotional Lives of Mothers, Fathers, and Adolescents (with Maryse Richards) and Being Adolescent: Conflict and Growth in the Teenage Years (with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi). He has served as the President of the Society for Research on Adolescence and is Editor-in-Chief of New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development (with Lene Jensen).