Dr. Robyn Silverman, a child/teen development specialist, body image/body bullying expert, sought-after speaker, and award-winning writer, is known for her no-nonsense yet positive approach to helping young people and their families thrive. Her groundbreaking research at Tufts University on young women is the foundation for her new book, Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls & How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It.
As a way to interact with girls personally, Dr. Silverman created The Sassy Sisterhood Girls Circle, a program for young adolescent girls that explores issues that affect body esteem and self-image. It was designed to foster self-awareness, challenge stereotypes, counter trends toward self-doubt, and enable genuine self-expression through verbal sharing and creative activity.
An award-winning columnist, Dr. Silverman keeps in touch with parents, educators, and fans through Twitter (/DrRobyn) and Facebook (/DrRobynSilverman) as well as through her blog which appears on DrRobynSilverman.com. She provides popular teleseminars for parents, including a Spring 2010 collaborative project with best-selling author Rachel Simmons (Odd Girl Out, Curse of the Good Girl), during which over 500 parents participated. She is one of the featured experts for Campus Outreach Services 2012 and in Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis, a companion book to the acclaimed documentary Bully.
Dr. Silverman presents nationally at schools, universities, businesses, and organizations. She advises teens, parents, educators, and professionals on how to best help our youth reach their potential and become leaders. Her overall philosophy is that young people are assets to be developed rather than deficits to be managed. At the root of Dr. Silverman’s research, speaking, and writing is a profound compassion for young people and a determination to help them reach their potential, independent of societal constraints. “I don’t look at children and teens and figure out how to fix them,” she says. “I want to motivate every young person to find his/her strengths and thrive.”