The Gurian Institute provides advanced onsite and online training for educators and other professionals, as well as parents and community stakeholders. Dr. Gurian and our trainers travel to school and conference locations and consulting, and we co-sponsor a multi-day training institute hosted by our partners in locations around continental United States. Our work is a powerful deep dive into the minds of boys and girls that has been proven successful in helping schools and communities throughout the world.

Certified Trainers

  • Troy Kemp

    TENNESSEE Troy Kemp is a native of Riverhead, NY. He grew up as one of six children in a single parent, migrant working household. …

  • Dakota Hoyt

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO Gurian InstituteExecutive Director Emeritus and Master TrainerColorado Springs, Colorado Dakota Hoyt has been in education for 30 years as a teacher, …

  • Shawn Hardnett

    WASHINGTON, D.C. Above all, Shawn Hardnett is a teacher.  A product of the community that he serves, he knows their challenges well.  Of the …

  • Dr. Lisa Basista

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Dr. Lisa Basista is a lifelong California educator with over 29 years in the K-12 classroom. She has served as an …

  • Dr. Glynetta DeShon Fletcher

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Dr. Glynetta DeShon Fletcher has 16 years of experience in education from the middle school level to the university level. She …

  • Robert Kodama

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Mr Kodama has been a Certified Gurian Trainer since 2007 and is a member of the Boys Initiative Board of Advisors. …

  • Jim Weber

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS INDIANA Jim Weber was born in Chicago, Illinois.  He received his B.A. Degree in English and Education from Augustana College in Rock …

  • Katey McPherson

    She has presented at major conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Malaysia and Jamaica. Katey currently serves as a Cadre Supervisor …

Gurian Institute in the News

Michael Gurian and the Gurian Institute are honored to have been featured in national, professional, and regional media. This page features a number of those stories in mainstream and other media regarding our work in the fields of Education, Psychology, and Parenting.

The Wonder of Aging Interview has been chosen as “Best of Beyond 50.”Michael Gurian’s latest book encourages us to embrace the stages of our aging.  View it HERE.

Psychology Today: We Owe to Our Sons What We’ve Given Our Daughters
Boys are not men; they are children, and they need our attention now.

New York Times: How Oedipus Wrecks
“The finding of the father,” Joseph Campbell told Bill Moyers, “has to do with finding your own character and destiny.” In the Oedipal myth, the son goes out into the world to prove himself, then returns to unknowingly kill the father and marry the mother.

USA Today: Boys Need a Purpose in Life
Author Michael Gurian is the father of two daughters, but he says society has paid too much attention to girls, and now it’s the boys’ turn.

Kelley Ward HubPages: Parenting Boys: What Boys Need From Moms
Most moms would do anything to enhance their child’s quality of life. Even with this great level of devotion, many moms of boys admit raising boys is both a joy and a challenge.

Toledo Blade: Boys and girls don’t learn the same ways
Even when its owner is bored, a normal female human’s brain is active, with electronic scans showing blips of energy scattered throughout. A “resting” male brain, by contrast, is virtually inactive except for the part that regulates bodily systems.

Washington Post: More Schools Trying Separation of the Sexes
Proponents of same-sex schooling argue that girls and boys are too often shortchanged by coed classrooms and that students from lower-income families deserve access to learning environments once exclusive to private schools. Advocates also cite emerging research that indicates gender differences in brains and cognitive development.

Newsweek: The Trouble With Boys They’re kinetic, maddening and failing at school. Now educators are trying new ways to help them succeed.

ASCD Educational Leadership: Teaching to the Minds of Boys Is something wrong with the way we’re teaching boys? One elementary school thought so and decided to implement boy-friendly strategies that produced remarkable results.

Advisory Board

Daniel Amen, M.D.
Founder of the Amen Clinics
Author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life


James Connor, Ph.D.
Department of Communications
Keane College
Specializing in academic issues, historical analysis, contemporary technology


Scott Haltzman, M.D.
Specializing in marriage, family, and male development
Author of The Secrets of Happily Married Men


Dr. Linda Karges-Bone
Professor of Education
Charleston Southern University
Specializing in Brain-Based Education


Gene Dire, M.A.
Associate Director
Catholic Charities of Spokane
Spokane, Washington


Lloyd Halpern, M.D.
Providence Medical Center
Shriners Hospital
Specializing in Medical Health and Pediatrics


Frances R. Spielhagen, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
Editor of Debating Single-Sex Education: Separate and Equal?

Michele Borba, Ed.D.
Educational psychologist
Specializing in building moral learning communities
Author of Building Moral Intelligence


Adie Goldberg, LCSW
Psychiatric Social Worker
Specializing in girl’s and women’s issues
Ashland Providence Hospital


Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.
Psychologist and Founder
The Center, A Place of Hope
Recovery and Mental Health Centers, Seattle, Washington


Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D.
The Child Mind Institute
New York, N.Y.
Psychiatry Department, Bellevue Hospital Center



Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D.
Founder, Educational Options
Legacy Award winner for Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children left Behind.
Specializing in assessments and consulting for gifted children and adults.


Tracey J. Shors, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
Rutgers University
Specializing in research on the effects of stress on males and females


Terry Trueman, M.S.
Co-Author, Boys and Girls Learn Differently!
Printz Honor winner for Stuck In Neutral
Specializing in youth literature, culture and entertainment

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