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About Dr. Todd Cartmell

I am a child psychologist who has been working with children, teens, parents, and families for the last 18 years, most of that in a group practice in Wheaton, IL.  On a personal note, I have been married for 24 years to my wife, Lora, and we have two young adult sons who are currently attending college. 

I am writing this blog for two reasons:

1) To offer you helpful and practical parenting ideas for the situations you face with your kids every day.

2) To give you a chance to ask questions and share your ideas and experiences with me and with other readers, so that we can learn from each other.

I’ll write about current topics that affect children and teens, as well as address issues that affect all of our families, such as:

    - Family relationships

    - Communication

    - School

    - Discipline

    - Peers

    - Siblings

    - And many more . . . .


I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.  We then moved to Columbus, OH, where I completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Wright State University at the Children’s Hospital.  Since then, I have done my clinical work at Summit Clinical Services in Wheaton, IL, where I continue to see children, teens, and families on a full-time basis. 

I have written five parenting books (faith based), which you can learn more about on the Books page.  My latest book (general audience) which is soon to be released is an ebook titled: Raising Flexible Kids.   I have presented many parenting workshops at mom’s conferences (Hearts at Home, MOPS International), MOPS groups, churches, and schools, which you can read about on the Workshop page.  I have also recently developed a skill-building game for kids called The Flexible Thinking Game (see the Store page). 

In my free time, I enjoy doing anything with my wife, spending time with my boys whenever possible, reading, running, and playing jazz piano any chance I get.  My Christian faith is an important part of my life and thinking, and I am continually thankful for God’s grace, of which I am an undeserving recipient.