Dr. Larry Kutner is one of America's best-known psychologists. He consults to businesses and nonprofit organizations in the areas of behavior change, communication, child development and family issues.
His corporate consulting clients have ranged from small start-ups to multinational conglomerates, including Disney, Harvard Health Publications, McAfee.com, Microsoft, Novartis, Philip Morris USA Youth Smoking Prevention, Philips Electronics, Procter & Gamble, Tony's Pizza, USAA, and others. He lectures all over the world and has been an on-camera spokesperson on topics related to communication, behavior change, child development and parenting.
He has also worked with a range of nonprofit organizations, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Johann Jacobs Foundation (Switzerland), and the Ovidiu Foundation (Romania).
Dr. Kutner trained at the Mayo Clinic, and is on the psychiatry faculty at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he's the co-director and co-founder of the Center for Mental Health and Media.
In addition to his work in traditional areas of psychology, he spent seven years writing the award-winning, internationally syndicated “Parent & Child” column for the New York Times, and another seven years as the “Ask the Expert” child behavior columnist for Parents magazine. The American Psychological Association gave him its National Psychology Award for Excellence in Newspaper Writing, citing his New York Times column as the best writing about psychology in the United States. In 2008, they gave him their Award for Lifetime Achievement in Media Psychology.
He's written five books for parents and professionals on child development and parent-child communication. His sixth book, which he wrote with his wife and business partner, Dr. Cheryl K. Olson, is based on research they conducted on violent video games and adolescents. It was published by Simon & Schuster in 2008.
Dr. Kutner is also an Emmy award-winning television reporter and producer, and a former talk-show host on KGO Radio (ABC), the #1 news-talk station in the United States. He appears regularly on network, syndicated and major market television and radio programs as a behavior change, child development and parenting expert. He designed and teaches a seminar for physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital on working effectively with the media.
He's on the board of advisors to the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships in Mental Health Journalism at the Carter Center, where he is helping to expand that program into Eastern Europe. He's a fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Kutner has been a visiting professor and visiting scholar at several universities in the United States and in Europe, and has given speeches from Basel, Switzerland to Bangkok, Thailand. He received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota.