Today, Clark University psychology professor Wendy Grolnick is on campus. Tomorrow, she could be anywhere across the nation. Grolnick joins us to offer a glimpse into her work in disaster response. Since 2007, Grolnick has volunteered with the American Red Cross, using her clinical skills to help people recover and cope following tragic events. She has been dispatched to local fires and drownings as well as national disasters, including the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Grolnick has discovered her expertise as a parenting researcher is an asset during times of chaos. “In the aftermath of a disaster, having consistent routines again becomes really important … You want to help kids feel less helpless.”
Grolnick recommends the book “Between Parent and Child” by Haim Ginott for anyone who wants advice about successful parenting.