About the Authors & Consultants

Sue Allen, M.A.

Sue Allen (Christian Active Parenting) holds a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Relations. She is the Director of Women’s Discipleship at Northside Church in Atlanta. Seeking to share God’s love and inspiration with others, Sue has authored numerous Christian books and is a dedicated daily contributor to her blog. She and her husband are the parents of four children.

Susan Boyan, M.Ed.Susan Blyth Boyan, M.Ed., LMFT

Susan Boyan, M.Ed., (Cooperative Parenting and Divorce) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked with children and families since 1971 and has been in private practice since 1984. Mrs. Boyan is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also a member and research chair for the Georgia Play Therapy Association. Some of her other organizations include: Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Association of Fathers and Children, Step Family Association, Association of Christian Counselors, Southeast Psychomotor Society and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. She consults extensively and presents numerous professional presentations to national, state and local audiences. Mrs. Boyan does expert witness testimony and has written articles on Parental Alienation. She is a former special education teacher and rehabilitation counselor. Mrs. Boyan divorced in 1979. In 1981 she married and has two daughters. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her family.

Elizabeth Einstein, M.A., LMFT

Elizabeth Einstein (Active Parenting for Stepfamilies) is one of America’s leading educators in the field of stepfamily living. A Marriage & Family Therapist in Ithaca, NY, author and lecturer, she’s also a creative teacher, workshop trainer, and stepfamily consultant. For the past 20 years, she’s presented workshops through social work schools at leading universities and throughout the military community through its family advocacy programs. For more about Elizabeth Einstein and her work, please visit her web site: http://www.stepfamilyliving.com.

Melody F. Popkin

Melody F. Popkin is Manager of Christian Resources at Active Parenting, where she works alongside her husband, Dr. Michael Popkin. Melody’s background in software training combined with her deep devotion to Christianity and faith studies gave rise to her desire to create a Christian version of the Active Parenting program.

Dr. Michael Popkin (Doc Pop)

Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D.

Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D., is one of the nation’s foremost experts on parent education. A former child and family therapist, Dr. Popkin has written more than twenty books, including seven best-selling video-based discussion programs. Dr. Popkin’s experience as an expert in the field of parent education includes serving on the panel “Parenting as Prevention” for the US Government Office of Substance Abuse Prevention. Dr. Popkin received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. For more about Dr. Popkin and the programs he has written, see our About Dr. Popkin page.

Ann Marie Termini, Ed.S., M.S.

Ann Marie Termini, Ed.S., M.S., (Cooperative Parenting and Divorce) is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked with children and families since 1979. Respected in her field, she has conducted seminars on the national, state, and local levels. She has experience developing programs that meet the specific needs of professionals working with children and their families. Mrs. Termini has also published material in professional journals focusing on the therapeutic needs of children. She is a former officer for the San Antonio Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and coordinator for special education services. She has been awarded Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Among her many professional activities, Mrs. Termini is a consultant for a family court in Pennsylvania and maintains a private practice. She resides in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two daughters.

Amanda Sheffield Morris, PH.D., IMH-E

Dr. Amanda Sheffield Morris is the Bryan Close Professor of Child Development at Oklahoma State University. She is a developmental scientist with research interests in parenting, socioemotional development, and infant and early childhood mental health. Her research focuses on the role of emotion regulation in children and adolescents’ adjustment and the ways in which children learn successful regulation skills. Another focus of her work is child and family resilience, and she is particularly interested in how early experiences shape later development with an emphasis on the parent-child relationship.

Ruth Slocum, LCSW, IMH-E

Ruth Slocum is a family therapist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, specializing in infant and early childhood mental health. She works for Oklahoma State University where she serves as the Mental Health Manager for the Tulsa Children’s Project, a program dedicated to developing interventions to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of poverty. She also oversees the Mental Health Consultation for Tulsa Educare, a high quality early childhood program. Ruth earned her Master of Social Service from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and serves on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health.

Laura Hubbs-Tait, PH.D.

Dr. Laura Hubbs-Tait is a Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Science where she has taught since 1992. Her research focuses on how parenting is related to children’s weight and eating, social and emotional competence, and cognitive skills. She is on the editorial board of the journal, Parenting: Science and Practice. Her 2012 appointment as a Parenting Specialist for Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has allowed her to provide parent education training to Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Educators across the state of Oklahoma.