James C. Dobson

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Dr.James Dobson received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Pasadena College in 1958. He was awarded a master of science degree from the University of Southern California in 1962. He earned a Ph.D. from U.S.C. in 1967 in Child Development and Research Design.

Dr.Dobson served for fourteen years as Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and simultaneously, for seventeen years on the Attending Staff of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, in the Division of Medical Genetics. He was also Director of Behavioral Research in the Division of Child Development during a portion of this time.

More recently, Dr. Dobson has been President of Focus on the Family, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the home. In this capacity, he hosts a thirty minute daily radio program heard on more than eight hundred stations in seventeen countries. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of California and a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor also in California. A six-film series featuring Dr. Dobson has been seen by fifty million people to date.

Dr.Dobson has been active in governmental activities since 1980. He received a special commendation from President Jimmy Carter for his work on the Task Force for the White House Conferences on the Family. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 to the National Advisory Commission for the Office of juvenile justice and Delinquency Prevention. He also served on the Citizens Advisory Panel for Tax-Reform, in consultation with President Reagan and currently serves on the Army Science Board as a family consultant for General John Wickham, Chief of Staff, United States Army.

He has published extensively both in professional journals and for individual families. His ten books for parents have sold more than four million copies. His first graduate textbook, co-edited with Dr. Richard Koch, was entitled The Mentally Retarded Child and His Family and was designated the best book in its field by the Menninger Clinic. Dr. Dobson was the principal investigator on a $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Health, studying phenylketonuric children and those with related metabolic disorders. This medical directed research was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.