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Dr. Alvy is an author, activist, agency founder and executive director, a scientist and a nationally respected authority on effective parenting and parenting education.


Dr. Kerby T. Alvy is the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, which has received worldwide acclaim for creating, delivering and disseminating model parent training programs. All of the activities and projects of the Center are designed to bring coherence and strength to the nationwide Effective Parenting Movement to improve the overall quality of parenting in the United States.

Dr. Alvy is a prolific author of books and articles on parenting, parent training, child development, and child abuse prevention, as well as authoring and co-authoring parenting education programs and seminars. His major publications include:

Parent Training Today: A Social Necessity, one of the most comprehensive and authoritative books ever written on parent training.

Black Parenting: Strategies for Training, containing the ground-breaking research and ideas that went into the Effective Black Parenting Program.

The Power of Positive Parenting, a guidebook for parents that many consider to be the "manual" that should come with every child.

The CICC Discovery Tool for educating parents of young children about child development and about how to identify and help children who may have special needs.

Bringing Parenting Education Into Early Childhood Care and Education Systems, which describes a new role for child care professionals as Effective Parenting Advocates and a pioneering project that brought parenting education to over 20,000 parents through child care.

Other publications by Dr. Alvy have appeared on the editorial pages of metropolitan newspapers like the Los Angeles Times and in such professional journals as the American Psychologist and the Journal of Community Psychology.

The parenting education programs and seminars that Dr. Alvy has authored and co-authored include the Center's trio of national model programs: Confident Parenting: Survival Skills Training, Effective Black Parenting and Los NiƱos Bien Educados. The latter two programs have become the most widely used culturally-specific parenting skill-building programs in the United States.

His expertise as a researcher and scientist has been acknowledged through research and demonstration grants from a variety of federal government agencies and from his being selected to serve on scientific review committees. Dr. Alvy has been a Principal Investigator on research projects sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Dr. Alvy has also distinguished himself as a creator and director of numerous community service projects to increase parental effectiveness and reduce child abuse, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, school failure and gang involvement. Projects that he has designed and directed have gained the support of various state and local funding bodies, and the support of over 75 private foundations and corporations, including the Ford Foundation, AT&T, Xerox, Annenberg, Mattel and Hearst.

Dr. Alvy was previously affiliated with Kedren Community Mental Health Center in South Central Los Angeles for seven years where he served as Director of Children's Services, and with the California School of Professional Psychology for 17 years where he was a Professor and Dean for Academic Affairs. He has also taught at other institutions, including UCLA and the California State University at Los Angeles.

Dr. Alvy has received numerous awards for his and CICC's accomplishments in improving the quality of child rearing in America, including being honored in the White House in 1995 as part of the First National Parent's Day Celebration, receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997 from the State University of New York at Albany, where he received his doctorate, and earning the "Illuminating the Way to the New Millennium Award" from the Parenting Coalition International and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention in 1999.

Dr. Alvy continues to be an advocate for children's rights before government and civic bodies, and to appear on television and radio programs on child, family and parent training issues. He also continues to serve as a consultant on these matters to governmental agencies, corporations, news departments and film and television companies. He is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader at events nationwide. He draws inspiration and support from his wife, a kindergarten teacher, and their two daughters, with whom he lives in Sherman Oaks, California.