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Fletcher Forum

The mission of The Rankin Institute's Fletcher Forum is to increase public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities. This event is an annual presentation by a nationally recognized expert in the field of learning disabilities. It is underwritten by corporate and individual sponsors and is open to the public at no charge. The Fletcher Forum provides education and enrichment to teachers, other professionals, parents and community members.

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The Twenty-THIRD Annual Fletcher Forum

featuring Robert Brooks, Ph.D.

THURSDAY, February 10, 2022, 7:00pm

About Robert Brooks, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Brooks is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital in the Boston area.  His first position at McLean was as principal of the school in the locked door unit of the child and adolescent program, a position that served as a catalyst for his interest in developing interventions for fostering hope and resilience in struggling students.  Dr. Brooks has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about such themes as resilience across the lifespan, motivation, learning, parenting and family relations, and creating positive school and work environments. 

He has authored or co-authored 19 books, including Raising Resilient Children; The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life; and Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success.  He has received numerous awards for his work, including for his efforts on behalf of children with learning differences.  He most recently was honored with the Mental Health Humanitarian Award from William James College in Massachusetts for his contributions as a clinician, educator, and author.  Dr. Brooks has also served as a consultant to Sesame Street Parents Magazine and completed a videotape and educational guide for PBS titled “Look What You’ve Done! Stories of Hope and Resilience” that focuses on children and adolescents with special needs.  For additional information about Dr. Brooks, please visit his website at 

Laura Boggess
The Rankin Institute at The Fletcher School
704-365-4658, ext. 1119


Robert Brooks, Ph.D.