John Badalament, Ed.M., is an author, filmmaker, educator, international speaker and recognized leader in the fatherhood field. His newly released book, The Modern Dads Dilemma: How To Stay Connected With Your Kids In A Rapidly Changing World (New World Library, 2010), is a practical guide filled with compelling stories of everyday dads, sound research, and six practices dads can put to use immediately.
John’s work has been featured on ABC News, PBS, National Public Radio and in Men’s Health, Pregnancy, Spirituality and Health, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Rocky Mountain News, San Francisco Chronicle, Independent School magazine, and Our Children, the magazine of the National PTA. John’s program for engaging dads in schools and in children’s lives has been recognized for it’s influence on school communities across the U.S. and abroad.
John has spoken at conferences and events such as the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference, the National Head Start Parenting Conference, the National Fatherhood Initiative, Harvard’s Askwith Forum, the European Council of International Schools, the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools Conference, the Psychotherapy Networker Annual Symposium and Massachusetts General Hospital.
His acclaimed documentary film, All Men Are Sons: Exploring the Legacy of Fatherhood, aired on PBS stations across the U.S. and was described by the Los Angeles Times as, “Layered with emotional subtleties rarely expressed by men.” Since it’s airing, the film has been distributed nationally and internationally to schools, mental health organizations, jails and prisons, colleges, corporations, therapists, addiction centers, and individuals.
John is a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Over the last 18 years, he has worked in public and independent school settings as a Dean, teacher and coach, clinical settings as a counselor for adolescents and adults, and in private practice with couples. John trained with Terry Real, therapist and author of I Don’t Want To Talk About It (his seminal book on male depression) and The New Rules of Marriage. John periodically consults with Real Relationship Solutions, an organization based on Real’s radical approach to working with couples and parents.
He served on the Board of Advisors for the Men’s Resource Center with other national leaders in the fields of fatherhood, gender, domestic violence, and education. Since 2007, John has been recognized annually in the New York Times by the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s Founding Fathers campaign to end violence against women and children.
Currently, John consults with schools, parent groups, educational organizations, mental health professionals, corporations, non-profit agencies, corrections facilities and religious groups. He is also finishing work on a new documentary film project for the web entitled, Gender Traps: How Marriage Problems Start In Kindergarten.
John lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children.