Real Life Survival Guide Episode 72 | Connecticut Public Radio

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 72

Mar 7, 2013

This time we’ll be talking about “Parenting College Aged Kids” with an expert in the field, Dr. Alan Kazdin from Yale, and several parents - Duo Dickinson, Susannah Bailin, Susan Jacobs, and Jon Crane.

We met over wood-fired pizza at Da Legna, a new restaurant on State Street in New Haven, and the conversation was almost as good as the pies!

Duo Dickinson has written seven books on architecture. His latest, “Staying Put: Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want”, was published by The Taunton Press in November 2011.

He has been the contributing writer for home design for Money Magazine, is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and a contributing writer in home design for New Haven magazine. He has written articles for more than a dozen national publications including House Beautiful, Home, Fine Homebuilding and was the “At Home” editor for This Old House.

Susannah Bailin is currently a serial volunteer in New Haven, a past/present/future Board Member of Tower One, Women’s Health Research at Yale, Read To Grow, Long Wharf Theatre, and the Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut. In previous chapters of her life, Susannah received an MBA, worked in Venture Capital and ran a career development company in Cambridge MA. She is the proud wife of a former and future guest editor on RLSG and mother of three fabulous daughters, two of whom are in college and one is in her senior year in high school.

Susan Jacobs has practiced law for more than thirty years, devoting her practice to Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Law (You can reach Susan by email;

She is active in community theater and has served on numerous boards and commissions in the Town of Woodbridge.

Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, ABPP is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University and Director of the Yale Parenting Center, an outpatient treatment service for children and families.  At Yale, he has been Chairman of the Psychology Department, Director of the Yale Child Study Center at the School of Medicine, and Director of Child Psychiatric Services at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  Kazdin’s research has focused primarily on the treatment of aggressive and antisocial behavior in children referred for inpatient and outpatient care.  His approximately 700 publications include 48 books that focus on interventions for children and adolescents, cognitive-behavioral treatment, parenting and child rearing, interpersonal violence, and research methodology.  His work on parenting and childrearing has been featured on NPR, PBS, CNN, the BBC, and he has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News, 20/20, and Dr. Phil.  His awards include the Outstanding Research Contribution by an Individual Award (ABCT), Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology and Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology (American Psychological Association), and the James McKeen Cattell Award (Association for Psychological Science).  He is a past-president of ABCT and the American Psychological Association.

Jon Crane operates Critical PR, a public relations firm that provides communications counseling services to organizations and individuals that are in the public spotlight, handling sensitive communications issues, or seeking to influence policymakers and/or public opinion.

Jon’s most recently completely project was handling the media campaign to repeal Connecticut’s death penalty.

Jon is a former news anchor at WTNH-TV in New Haven and currently appears as one of six “contributors” to the nationally broadcast PBS television series My Generation hosted by Leeza Gibbons.