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Ross Greene

Psychologist & Author


Ross W. Greene, PhD, is the author of the influential, best-selling books The Explosive Child and Lost at School and a fierce and articulate advocate for the compassionate understanding and treatment of behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers. Drawing upon vast clinical and consultation experience and research in the neurosciences, his innovative, research-based Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach – which posits that challenging behavior is the result of lagging skills (rather than lagging motivation) and emphasizes solving problems collaboratively (rather than use of motivational procedures) – has been implemented in countless thousands of families and hundreds of general and special education schools, inpatient units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities.

Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years and is now serves on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. He is also the founding director of the nonprofit organization Lives in the Balance (, through which his advocacy work occurs.

Dr. Greene's research has been funded by, among others, the Stanley Research Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Mental Health, the US Department of Education, and the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group. A highly sought-after and dynamic speaker, he has presented over a thousand invited public lectures, professional workshops, and scientific addresses internationally. His numerous media appearances include The Oprah Show, Good Morning America, The Morning Show, and National Public Radio.


Collaborative Problem Solving: Understanding and Helping Kids with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenges

Transforming School Discipline: Moving from Detentions, Suspensions, and Expulsions to Solving Problems Collaboratively

Reduction & Elimination of Restraint & Seclusion Procedures in Schools and Restrictive Therapeutic Facilities

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