About Me & Contact Info

IMG_2324An expert in child development, Deborah Farmer Kris is passionate about sharing the best research and practices that help parents and educators answer the question, “How can we help our children thrive?”

Deborah works as a parenting columnist and consultant for PBS Kids for Parents, she writes about education for MindShift (an NPR education blog), she serves as associate director of the LifeCompass Institute for Character and Leadership, and she is a senior associate at Boston University’s Center for Character and Social Responsibility.

Over the course of her career, Deborah has taught elementary, middle and high school, worked as a school administrator, and directed a girls leadership institute. Her writing has been featured several times in The Washington Post, and she is the co-author of the book Building Character in Schools: A Resource Guide

Deborah holds a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Education from Boston University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University. She is married to a school principal, and they are the parents of two young children.

Connect with Deborah on Twitter or LinkedIn — or contact her directly at deborah[at]kris.org.