HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Anthony Rao

Nationally Recognized Child Psychologist & Expert on Boyhood


  • The Way of Boys: Raising Healthy Boys in a Challenging and Complex World
  • Parenting From a Position of Confidence
  • When Should a Parent Worry?
  • Diagnosing and Medicating Young Boys
  • The Challenges of Raising Kids in a Hectic, Fast-Paced World
  • Raising Boys in the Digital Age



Dr. Anthony Rao holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Vanderbilt University, and trained as a pediatric psychologist at Boston's famed Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He is the author of The Way of Boys: Raising Healthy Boys in a Challenging and Complex World (William Morrow). Over the years, Dr. Rao has worked with countless children in the Behavioral Medicine and Medical Coping Programs at Children's Hospital in Boston, and served as clinical supervisor in their Department of Psychiatry. He is the founder of Behavioral Solutions in Lexington, Massachusetts, a private practice widely regarded as one of the best in cognitive behavior therapy in the Boston area. Dr. Rao has developed a sub-specialty in treating young boys, and as a result he consults with families all over the country.

Dr. Rao has lectured extensively at graduate and undergraduate programs, including Tufts University, Emerson College, and Boston University. He regularly presents at conferences and gives lectures and workshops nationally for parents and professionals on issues of childhood and parenting. Dr. Rao was the featured expert on MTV's True Life documentary about ADHD titled "I'm on Adderall" and was also featured on an Arts & Entertainment series Investigative Reports, in an episode called "Generation Rx: Reading, Writing, and Ritalin" and in an article in the New Yorker about treating OCD by Jerome Groopman. His editorials and opinions have appeared in the Boston Globe, Newsweek, Scientific American, Parent's Magazine, and New York magazine.

Dr. Rao is the author of The Way of Boys, a practical and accessible guide to the distinct challenges of raising young boys into happy and healthy young men. He urges parents, educators, pediatricians, psychologists, and other developmental experts to reevaluate and radically alter how they deal with their youngest boys. He offers a clear-eyed examination of the cultural and psychological factors that have created a hurried and overly medical approach to rearing young children. And in the process, he reveals what parents aren't told:

- Young boys struggle early on, that their development is different from girls and these natural differences make early school experiences more challenging.
- Many boys diagnosed with ADHD show reversal of symptoms when given more outdoor time to exercise and explore. Most boys even outgrow a diagnosis of ADHD.
- Around 20 percent of diagnoses mad by professionals for behavior problems in young boys aren't accurate.

Dr. Rao reminds us that often, what seems to be a developmental setback is really just "the storm before the calm," a temporary lapse in previously acquired skills that precedes a major cognitive leap forward. In doing so, he teaches us how to parent our sons with respect for their natural development right from the start, which gives them the best shot at growing into confident and healthy young men ready to make their unique contributions to the world.

Praise for The Way of Boys:

"Parents and educators all across America need to hear Anthony Rao's urgent call to stop treating boyhood as an illness. The Way of Boys is wise and believable; it restores our faith in normal boy development (with all its ups and downs). Dr. Rao's perspective, experiences, and humor will be of enormous help to any parent whose son is struggling with school or his family."
- Michael Thompson, Ph.D., author of the New York Times best-seller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

"Parents are often overwhelmed when struggling with the behavior of growing boys. Dr. Anthony Rao provides the kind of customized wisdom that comes from decades of clinical practice and -- most important -- success for boys at home and at school. This book is an invaluable contribution for those families in need."
-- Jerome Groopman, M. D., Recanati professor, Harvard Medical School; author of How Doctors Think

"This book offers clear understanding of the various and varied ways boys grow and develop into healthy, well-adjusted adults. Many of the modern obstacles to this development -- and the parental confusion they cause -- fall away after one reads Dr. Rao's compassionate, specific, problem-solving book."
-- Michael Gurian, author of The Purpose of Boys

"The Way of Boys is the ideal book for parents eager to understand what is going on in the minds and bodies of their young sons. It will allow them to fully understand normal boy development, in all its guts and glory, and show the way to the other side where a happy, healthy boy awaits."
-- Edward M. Hallowell, M. D., author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness