Paul Raeburn is the author of  Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked, published June 3, 2014. It’s a fascinating story of scientific discovery that will change the way we think about fathers. Raeburn writes the About Fathers blog for Psychology Today and is the chief media critic for the Knight Science Journalism Tracker at MIT. He contributes to The New York Times, Discover, Scientific American and The Huffington Post.

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Psychology Today: About Fathers

Do Fathers Matter: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked is the first book to bring together research in psychology, neuroscience, genetics, anthropology, medicine, and sociology to explore the role of fathers in today’s families.

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Here is what the critics are saying about Do Fathers Matter:

“As the father of a rapidly growing and changing little girl, I gained more from Raeburn’s work than all the daddy lit put together.
—Kent Black, The Boston Globe

“A zippy tour through the latest research on fathers’ distinctive, or predominant, contributions to their children’s lives, “Do Fathers Matter?” is filled with provocative studies of human dads — not to mention a lot of curious animal experiments…[Raeburn] is an ideal guide to tricky, uncertain research in a nascent field.

—Mark Oppenheimer, The New York Times

“[Do Fathers Matter? is] a clear-eyed march through the history of family studies and a helpful review of the new generation of research devoted to identifying the impact of dads . . . [it] gathers an impressive diversity of studies into a single, highly readable volume, covering such topics as conception, pregnancy, infants, teenagers and aging fathers.
—Bruce Feiler, The Washington Post

“[Raeburn’s] lively tour through the latest research in biology, ethology, psychology, sociology and neuroscience is intriguing.”
—Joshua Kendall, Los Angeles Times

“[Do Fathers Matter] is astounding in its scope and perspective on fatherhood, with some of its revelations being downright shocking.”
The Washington Times

“A warm, enjoyable collection of stories about the science of fatherhood . . . a highly readable account.”
Psychology Today

“When science journalist Paul Raeburn first assessed the available research on fathers, he found the pickings decidedly slim. Scientists are now redressing the balance, and Raeburn has rounded up key findings in developmental psychology, evolutionary biology, genetics and neuroscience.”

“As food for thought, [Do Fathers Matter?] provides an ample helping for anyone willing to look at the ways fathers are portrayed, the realities of male parenting and all the gray areas in between.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Raeburn’s attempt to promote the modern father as a ‘similarly nurturing and attentive’ parent might indeed help, as he hopes, prompt a more informed cultural conversation.”
Publishers Weekly



Acquinted with the Night

Praise for Paul Raeburn’s Acquainted with the Night, a memoir of raising children with depression and bipolar disorder:

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

You have done a masterful job in relating your experiences with your family…It took a lot of courage to come forward with such a personal account. Know that it was well worth the effort.

Psychology Today

A cathartic tale about the writer’s efforts to find help for his bipolar son and depressed daughter…Raeburn’s story burns with emotional honesty.

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and author of The Unquiet Mind

An outstanding guide to the experience and treatment of bipolar illness in children.

Daphne Uviller in The Washington Post

Raeburn does his children and others like them a great justice by making this book more than just a gritty expose of their private lives. It is also a searing and eloquent indictment of America’s insurance industry that ought to land CEOs in jail.


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