Warren Farrell, Ph.D.


Dr. Warren Farrell is the author of Father and Child Reunion, the most recent book that is a meta-analysis of current research on what is optimal for children of divorce—or children otherwise unable to be raised in an intact family.

Dr. Warren Farrell’s international recognition for scholarly contributions includes his selection by the International Biographic Centre of London as one of the world’s “2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 20th Century.”

Dr. Warren Farrell’s books are in 15 languages (e.g., Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic…), in more than 50 countries.  The Financial Times selected Dr. Farrell as one of the world’s top 100 Thought Leaders.

Dr. Farrell has taught the psychology of gender roles and parenting at the California School of Professional Psychology, and at the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He has taught in five different disciplines, including at Rutgers, Brooklyn College and Georgetown University.

Dr. Warren Farrell has been a resident lecturer at Yale, and been selected as a speaker for the Distinguished Lecturer series at Stanford and more than fifty universities in the U.S.  He was chosen by President Johnson as one of five young educators to be invited to the White House Conference on Education.

The American Psychological Association’s official publication on gender, Bridging Separate Gender Worlds, published in 1999, recommends all three of Dr. Farrell’s books that were published prior to 1999.  (He is the only scholar for whom they recommended three books).

At Esalen, the country’s Mecca for leading psychologists, Warren Farrell both trains their staff and also conducts weekend workshops in couples’ communication.  Most of these couples have children. Psychologists, MSWs and MFTs are all awarded advanced credit for the courses they take with him.  Similarly, Psycho-Legal Associates, the leading West Coast trainer of psychologists for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), has used Dr. Farrell to train their psychologists on the unique and interdependent contributions of dads and moms as parents.

While Father and Child Reunion reports the findings of parenting time that are best for children of divorce, children also need income to survive.  His recently-published research, in Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap—and What Women Can Do About It, focuses on practical ways moms can do more sharing of income-producing as men do more sharing of childcare—allowing children to have both parents without forfeiting the benefits of family income.

In Why Men Earn More Dr. Farrell explains why it matters that mom be seen as an effective income-producer.  It also explains how equal father involvement, by increasing attention span, academic achievement, self-esteem, social skills and psychological health, can help create a foundation for a child to not only do well financially, but also socially and psychologically.  The book’s depth of research has led it to be U.S. News and World Report’s choice as one of the top four career books to be read in 2006.


Dr. Warren Farrell’s support for women and women’s issues is reflected in his being the only man in the US ever elected three times to the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Women ( NOW ) in New York City.  He has also taught in the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University.

Dr. Farrell’s ability to articulate both sexes’ perspectives is reflected by his selection as the only man to speak at former California Governor Wilson’s conferences on women and also his conference on fathers.

Dr. Warren Farrell’s work on family roles has received awards from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; the Onstep Institute for Mental Health Research in New York; and the Professional School of Psychology (in San Diego) awarded him an honorary doctorate.

Dr. Farrell has been training psychologists and helping professionals throughout the world on parenting, gender and couples’ communication issues since the early 1970’s.  For example, in 2007, the Vermont Psychological Association sponsored an all-day training of its psychologists.  Dr. Farrell was their only trainer. He testified before the West Virginia and the Arizona legislatures as one of the few national experts on the value of shared parenting in non-intact families.

Decades prior to the publication of Father and Child Reunion, psychologists, MFTs, MSWs and nurses received approval to obtain Continuing Education Units for graduate training by him in the U.S., Canada and overseas.


Dr. Farrell’s expertise benefits from doing publicity with all types of media, not just academic journals.  He has repeatedly appeared on Oprah, the Today Show, and made over 1000 TV and radio appearances worldwide on these issues.  He has been interviewed by Larry King, Peter Jennings and Barbara Walters, and by women’s magazines (from Ms. to Cosmopolitan and Working Mother) and men’s magazines (e.g., Men’s Health).  This allows him as an expert witness to know how his findings work in the real life of everyone, not just in the theory of scholars.

On the other hand, an updated version of Dr. Warren Farrell’s meta-analyses on what works best for children of divorce is peer-reviewed in his most recent book, published in 2008 by Oxford University Press.  Oxford University Press, along with Harvard University Press, is known for subjecting its books to the most extensive peer-reviews.

In his direct capacity as an expert or potential expert witness, Dr. Farrell has observed for between ten and twenty hours each more than twenty-five families in the U.S. and Canada.  Most of these child custody cases have been settled out of court, sometimes with the impact of his Observation Report helping the parents see the value of each other.  The states in which he has testified on parent-time issues are Michigan, Arizona, California, Illinois and West Virginia.