Kenneth Ginsburg, MD is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and The University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, an adolescent medicine physician at CHOP, and the medical director for Covenant House, a care system that serves homeless, street and marginalized youth in Philadelphia. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strengths of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. He strives to translate the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches parents, professionals and communities can use to build resilience. Core to this model is understanding that youth choose behaviors that manage stress in their lives, and that if we are to reduce worrisome youth behaviors, we need to address those stressors.
Dr. Ginsburg developed the teen-centered method, which is a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that helps youth to generate, prioritize and explain their own proposed solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them, and parents to more effectively guide them. Dr. Ginsburg’s most recent books include, “Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust” and “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings,” are both published by The American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, he is the editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook and Video Production “Reaching Teens: Strength Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development.” He is also working with Covenant House International to develop and disseminate a practice model that reinforces their mission statement to “…serve young people with absolute respect and unconditional love….”
He is on the Advisory Board of Challenge Success. He has proudly supported the resilience of military-affiliated families since 2006, through The Military Child Education Coalition and The Boys and Girls Clubs of America Military Services. To advocate for parents’ critical role in raising resilient children and teens, he has appeared on CNN, FOX and Friends, NPR, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS morning show, and ABC, NBC, and CBS Nightly News programs. His most meaningful source of pride is his two young adult daughters who are “in flight,” but who choose to return to the family “nest” for frequent, welcome landings. You can learn more by visiting www.fosteringresilience.com.