Adam J. Cox, PhD is a licensed and board certified clinical psychologist. He earned his doctoral degree in psychology at Lehigh University, and completed his clinical training at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the founder of the Mighty Good Kids Workshop for Social and Emotional Development and former founder and clinical director of Lehigh Psychological Services, a private group mental health practice in Pennsylvania, focusing on family and pediatric intervention, including the neuropsychological assessment of youth. He currently lives in Rhode Island, where he maintains a limited private practice. He has been consulting and writing about the emotional and cognitive development of school-age children for over a decade, and is the author of On Purpose Before Twenty: Selected Essays (Four Corners Press 2012), No Mind Left Behind: Understanding and Fostering Executive Control – The Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive (Penguin/Perigee 2007) and Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect (Guilford 2005). His commentary on youth, families, and schools has been widely covered by in the media, including The New York Times, National Public Radio, The American Scholar, The New Atlantis, and Newsweek. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Arts Guild of New York City.
Dr. Cox’s Eight Pillars model of executive function has been widely adopted by schools seeking practical solutions for learning challenges in the era of distraction. No Mind Left Behind was the first reader-friendly book about executive function, which is now understood to be the cornerstone of contemporary understanding of ADHD and related learning challenges. It has been widely adopted by school systems as a program to build achievement for children, and was integrated as a programmatic priority by Canada’s Ministry of Education. Although this framework was initially designed to promote academic performance, it is now employed to build diverse forms of capability among young people, including social awareness and vocational decision-making.
Dr. Cox was commissioned by the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC) to conduct a global school-based research project, Locating Significance in the Lives of Boys. During the research, he visited twenty project schools in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The results of this groundbreaking study – the first to interview students worldwide about how they find meaning and purpose in their lives – was presented at the IBSC International Conference in London in 2011; these findings provide a framework for a new understanding of the role of education in boys’ lives. He served as the first American scholar-in-residence at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School (known as the “Shore” school). There, he consulted with the school on the social, academic, and emotional development of its students. He also consults with comparable institutions in the US and Canada, and continues to lecture internationally. In addition to writing, consulting, and clinical work, he operates a small blueberry farm in New England.