Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College.  He is also on the faculty of the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the William Alanson White Institute Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program.  Dr. Barish speaks frequently about child development to both parent and professional organizations, nationally and internationally.

Kenneth Barish, PhD

Books by Dr. Barish

“This book should be required reading for every professional working with troubled children. It is wisdom, pure and simple.”

— Marshall P. Duke, PhD, Charles Howard Chandler Professor of Psychology, Senior Faculty Fellow, Emory Center for Ethics, Emory University


“Ken Barish, a master clinician, has done a wonderful job of translating his clinical sensitivity and attunement into principles and methods that are eminently usable.”

— Ellen Wachtel, PhD, JD, author of Treating Troubled Children and Their Families

About Pride & Joy

Parenthood begins with one of life’s most joyful moments. As we struggle to cope with the demands of being parents, with our uncertainty and stress, moments of joyfulness and pride in our children, although no less cherished, too often give way to argument, defiance, and withdrawal.  In Pride and Joy, I offer guidance on how we can strengthen our family relationships and nurture our children’s emotional health.  I also offer solutions to many common problems of daily family life – problems that, too often, erode the joyfulness of our children and our own pleasure in being parents.

Awards for Pride & Joy

2013 International Book Award (Parenting and Family)

2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award (Home Category)

Finalist, 2013 USA Best Book Award (Parenting and Family)

Mom’s Choice Awards (Gold)

National Parenting Publications Awards (Silver)

2012 Book of the Year Award Bronze Winner (Family and Relationships)

Recent Talks and Interviews

Featured Posts

Solving Common Family Problems: Five Essential Steps

  In every family, there will be problems. Often, there is a recurring problem. The problem may be getting ready for school in the morning or going to sleep at night. Or doing homework, or fighting with siblings. Children may be demanding or disrespectful, or refuse to cooperate when asked. Over time, these common problems of daily living begin…

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He’s Not Motivated Part I

  As a child therapist, I am often told, “He’s not motivated. All he wants to do is watch television or play video games.” Parents urgently ask, “Why doesn’t he put more effort into his schoolwork? Why doesn’t he care?” Many parents believe that their child is “lazy.” The answer to these questions is almost always, “Because…

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