James Dobson, Ph.D.


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James Dobson, Ph.D.

Founder of Focus on the Family

Dr. James Dobson is married to Shirley and has two grown children. He lives in Colorado, home of Focus on the Family which he founded and led. Focus on the Family is a non-profit organization that produces syndicated radio programs. Dr. Dobson earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in 1967 in the field of child development. He worked as an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Univelrsity of Southern California School of Medicine and on the Attending Staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He has many honors and awards and is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a licensed psychologist in California.

The first book Dr. Dobson wrote was for parents and teachers titled Dare to Discipline. That was followed by many others designed to help families cope and make good decisions about life. He has also made a number of film series through Focus on the Family which have been very successful.

He has served on task forces and committees for Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Many people turn to Dr. Dobson’s advice when families are in crisis or in need of some good commonsense values to guide them in making strong families.

Dr. Dobson began a transition out of leadership at Focus on the Family in 2003 which ultimately has led to the conclusion of that long history with Focus as of February 2010.  Confident, however, of God’s continued call on his life, Dr. Dobson continues to speak to families through his program, Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson, launched on May 3, 2010.

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