PYDI Keynote Speaker Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg
PYDI Keynote Speaker Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg

Dr Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine . He also serves as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves Philadelphia’s homeless and marginalized youth.

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.

His research over the last two decades has focused on facilitating youth to prioritize and explain their own proposed solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He developed the Teen-Centered Method, a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that enables youth to generate, prioritize, and explain their own ideas. He has over 100 publications, including 30 scientific articles, and 5 books.

Dr. Ginsburg lectures widely to national and international parent and professional audiences. His most recent books include, “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings,” published by The American Academy of Pediatrics and “Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self Sufficient Teens.” In addition, he is the editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics Multimedia Textbook and Video Production “Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development” which offers 65 continuing education credits for all health professionals, social workers, and counselors.

He currently serves as the external National Resilience Expert for The Boys and Girls Club of America, which serves over 5 million youth, to incorporate resilience building strategies into their programming. He is also working with The National Congress of American Indians and Boys and Girls Cubs in Indian Country to adapt the resilience model into a culturally appropriate strategy to serve Native American Youth. He has also been honored to work on behalf of those who serve America, preparing military parents, health professionals, counselors, and teachers to incorporate stress reduction and resilience building strategies as they care for the nation’s nearly 2 million military affiliated children. His greatest privilege is to be the parent of two teenaged daughters.