Diana Divecha, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist in San Francisco who writes about children, teens, and cross-cultural family life. Her two daughters are in college and graduate school.
Stories by Diana Divecha
Articles: How Does Spirituality Grow in Children?By Diana Divecha | August 21, 2015
A new book explores how to raise children with a sense of awe and transcendence. But does the evidence back up its claims?
Articles: Can Wishful Thinking Heal Your Brain?By Diana Divecha | June 2, 2015
A new book explores the frontiers of neuroplasticity, but Diana Divecha says that not all its conclusions are sound.
Articles: The Teenage OpportunityBy Diana Divecha | October 28, 2014
A new book argues that America’s approach to raising adolescents is a mix of misunderstanding and contradiction.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to guiding teens’ technology use, but it helps to understand both the technology and normal brain development.
Articles: How Your Teen Can Thrive OnlineBy Diana Divecha | March 18, 2014
Two new books look at how the Internet is affecting teens—and what adults can do to help foster a healthy online life for kids.
Articles: A Journey into the Teenage BrainBy Diana Divecha | January 27, 2014
Daniel Siegel's new book reveals the "power and purpose" of the adolescent brain.
Articles: The Moralist in the CribBy Diana Divecha | December 11, 2013
Are children blank slates or selfish monsters? A new book draws on decades of research to argue that we are born with a bias toward goodness.
Articles: Will Our Grown-Up Kids Ever Grow Up?By Diana Divecha | June 24, 2013
A new book explores how to parent today's young adults, who are struggling to become established and independent.
New research says parental help for young adults is normal—and it may now be necessary.
Articles: A Guide to Your Child’s BrainBy Diana Divecha | February 15, 2012
A review of Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson's The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind.
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
The emphasis on testing can squeeze the feeling out of today’s classrooms. Here is one teacher’s journey to re-connect with herself and her students.
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