Media: blog, online news articles, interviews

Commentary on mental health & violence issues and news events by

                        Brian D. Johnson, PhD & Laurie Berdahl, MD

Psychology Today Blog

Warning Signs for Parents: Keeping kids from becoming victims or perpetrators

Photo by Michael Vadon

Photo by Michael Vadon

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October 12, 2016


"Family Matter When It Comes to Becoming a Bully."

November 19, 2016


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Denver 7 News

Interview on adolescent male behavior and sexual assault, September 26, 2018

USA Today

Quoted in article by reporter Ashley May, “Kavanaugh allegations: ‘What boy hasn’t done this in high school?’ Most haven’t, experts say,” September 25, 2018

PowerUp for Middle School pilot program

Empowering 6th grade girls to thrive in the midst of today's pressures and challenges. New games and activities added, program flow revised, and local teachers co-presenting content. Greeley Recreation Center, Greeley, Colorado, September, 2018

PowerUp for Middle School pilot program

Empowering 5th grade girls to thrive in the midst of today's pressures and challenges. Windsor Community Recreation Center, Windsor, Colorado, March & April, 2018

Chicago Tribune

Quoted in the article by reporter Alison Bowen, "Raising boys who respect women," January 23, 2018

Tips for Helping Kids Defeat Top Dangers to Their Mental Health and Success: Tips for Advising and Motivating Them

Growing up in today’s troubled, uncertain world is tough. Parents and mentors are top lines of support and defense for children. But kids also need to learn why some things can harm their mental health and educational and life success, and how to defend themselves against dangerous influences and situations. How adults give information and advice makes a big difference on impact. This session will give general pearls on advising and motivating youth to protect themselves from perils, followed by specific tips on bullying, hatred such as sexism and racism, media use, marijuana, and sexual violence. Approaches that increase youth acceptance of advice and seeking needed help will be emphasized.

Educating Children of Color Summit, 2018   January 13, 2018, Colorado College, Colorado Springs

Not only for children of color, this free yearly event for parents and 8th grade and older students supports ECOC's mission: To dismantle the cradle-to-prison pipeline for children of color and children in poverty through education. Many scholarships given! Register free at the above red link. 

Substance Use And the Developing Brain

Presentation to middle and high school students and parents at the We Care: Addressing the Barriers to Mental Healthiness event

Windsor Middle School, Windsor, Colorado

October 25, 2017

2nd Annual Start the Conversation: Let's Talk About Mental Health

Windsor, Colorado High School, May 2 and May 9, 2017

Parent and guardian session: "7 Skills for Successfully Parenting Teens"

Middle and high school student session: "Tips for Defeating Today's Top Threats to Mental Health & Happiness" 

Educating Children of Color Summit

Presentation to high school students, "Tips to Defeat 3 Top Dangers: Bullying, Sexism, and Sexual Assault"

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, January 14, 2017

CJAD 800 AM Radio, host Leslie Roberts

Interview about topics in WARNING SIGNS, December 22, 2016

"How to Have a Happy Family Christmas," December 14, 2016

Bay State Parent Magazine

"Tips for Family Harmony During the Holidays," December issue

Fearless Fabulous You Radio Show

Interview with Melanie Young about bullying, November 29, 2016

This Organic Girl

Article by Lisa Fennessy based on her interview with Laurie about how to protect kids from violence, November 29, 2016

Mom Talk Radio with Maria Bailey

Podcast interview about our book WARNING SIGNS

Our Family

"The Best Way to Parent Misbehaving Toddlers," November 9, 2016

"How to Talk to Kids about Conspiracy Theories," Dr. Johnson quoted in article by Hollee Actman Becker, November 10, 2016

Boston Parents Paper

"Why School Suspensions and Zero-tolerance Policies are Bad Ideas," October 31, 2016

"How Trump's Conspiracy Theories Affect Children, According To Experts," by Rupali Srivastava, October 19, 2016

Girlie Girl

"How to Help Your Kids Understand That Sexual Assault Isn’t 'Locker Room Talk'," October 11, 2016

Adoption Today Magazine, October Issue

"Warning: Adopted and Foster Children Are More Likely to Be Bullied," Volume 19, No. 2, 2016

Wall Street Journal's

"Donald Trump's Sexist Views Harms Your Kids," October 6, 2016

Working Mother Magazine

"7 Ways to Deal When Dad's the Favorite," by Maricar Santos, October 6, 2016


"How to Minimize Sexualization for Your Kids and Fight Sexual Exploitation," October 3, 2016


"Talking to School Officials When Your Child Is Bullied to Get a Response," October 6, 2016

Houston Family Magazine, September issue

"Warning Signs That Your Child is Being Bullied and How to Stop It"

USA Today

"Terrorist in Training? When to Worry about Your Kid," by Ashley May, September 26, 2016

The Doctor Weighs In

"How to Help Your Kids Form Healthy Attitudes about Sex," September 21, 2016

First Time Parent Magazine, September Issue

"How You Deal with Toddler Misbehavior Now Impacts Future Behavior"

Pennsylvania Newspaper, About Families

"Why Some Kids Choose Aggression and Some Choose Kindness," September 7, 2016

Positive Parenting Podcast with Mr. Dad, Armin Brot

"Topics in the book Warning Signs," August 12, 2016

Interview on Mom Talk Radio

"How Violent Media Affects Kids, Talking to Kids about Terrorism and Attacks," August 4, 2016

Sprinkles Magazine

"Tips for School Safety," August/September Back to School Issue, pages 19-20

Working Mother Radio Show

"How to Protect Your Children from Bullying," August 2, 2016

Coastal Daybreak Show, The Talk Station

With Ben Ball, August 2, 2016

Parent Herold

"Warning Signs Your Child May Be Getting Bullied," July 29, 2016

"16 Warning Signs Your Child May Be Getting Bullied," July 29, 2016

The Tommy Schnurmacher Show, Montreal

"Bullying, Hate, and Other Topics," July 25, 2016

Big Blend Radio and TV Magazine's Quality of Life Show

"Conversation on Parents Helping Children Avoid Violence and Aggression," July 20, 2016

The Barry Morgan Show, Montreal Radio

"Ending Racism and Aggrieved Entitlement in Youth," July 14, 2016

Market Watch

“Opinion: 10 actions Americans can take now to reduce mass shootings”

July 13, 2016

Boston Parents Paper 

"Why Do Some Kids Learn Kindness and Others Learn Aggression and Violence?" July 6, 2016

How to Learn Website

"How Teachers Can Stop Classroom Bullying," July 5, 2016

Motherhood Moment blog

"Parenting Pointers: Early Predator Warning Signs," July 11, 2016

KRQE News 13, Albuquerque

Morning news segment with anchor Adam Atchison, July 1, 2016

"Sexual Violence in Childhood"

Colorado's Best television show appearance

KWGN Channel 2 News, Denver, Colorado, June 28, 2016

"How to Talk to Kids about Violence Including Shootings"

Greeley Tribune

"Johnson and Berdahl: Psychological Precursors to Radicalized Terrorism," June 20, 2016

Huffington Post

A Child Grows in Philadelphia