Dr. Thiel, renowned child psychologist and co-author of The Playdate Kids, boasts an outstanding background in all areas of psychology, authenticating the Playdate Kids series with her invaluable contribution. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from California State University at San Jose, Dr. Thiel earned a Graduate Degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and Counseling Guidance from California State University at Northridge. She completed her education with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Southern California. Dr. Thiel has had several papers published in psychological journals, as well as the book she collaborated with her late husband on, When Your Child Isn't Doing Well in School, (Contemporary Books). She is a clinical member of both the California and American Psychological Associations, and is also affiliated with The California, American, and International Associations of Marriage, Family & Child Counselors, as well as The Los Angeles County Psychological Association. She holds licenses in both Psychology and Marriage, Family & Child Therapy. Currently, Dr. Thiel maintains a prolific private practice in Malibu, California. She has four lovely daughters and six beautiful grandchildren!
Written to American Psychology Association standards, parents can use the books as certified guides of instruction. In fact, these books have been successfully implemented in sessions with child psychologists yielding amazing results in raising a child's self-esteem. While the stories are lessons, they are not designed with the heavy hand of instruction, but rather the gentle, guiding hand of a new friend. The Playdate Kids are role models in social interaction and behavior, designed to appeal to all kids.
National Family Center Seal of Approval, Family Review Center Gold Seal Award, Mom's Choice Award, Indie-Excellence Award, USA Best Books Award, Reader's View Award, The New Parents Guide Seal of Approval, and American Baby Center Gold Seal Award.
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Publisher, Creator, Co-Author, Tina Lucarelli has over twenty years of creative-entertainment, industry experience. Tina is the recipient of over 100 MTV Awards, Clio Awards and has conceived, written and sold viable, feature film, screenplays. Regarded as a highly creative and innovate player for new products and television advertisements, Tina brings her trademark excitement and visual flair into the children's publishing arena. Helping multi-cultural children worldwide and furthering their social and behavioral development is the driving force behind Playdate Kids Publishing.