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Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy

Specialty: psychologist
Northern, New Jersey
As a mother of three, a psychologist and a former researcher I'm committed to detangling, decoding, debunking or otherwise translating and reviewing the latest scientific discoveries about children's health and well-being - and take a special interest in calling out the... Full Bio
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The One-Percenters, The Science Edition: One reason we're stuck with breast-is-best by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Recent studies clog parenting websites, traditional news media, magazines and blogs. Tantalizing discoveries litter my homepage. Science news feeds spit out hundreds of fres ... Read on »
Really Boring Children's Health Studies by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Many studies are not fabulous. Most are not dramatic. Most never see the media spotlight for good reason. I enjoy reading the daily research feeds but I wouldn't dream of fo ... Read on »
Dr. Oz's Magic Pills: Debunking worth a hill of beans? by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Even Harvard-educated heart surgeons indulge in pseudoscience from time to time. Sometimes they get away with it and sometimes they don't. Just ask Dr. Mehmet Oz, the 2014 E ... Read on »
No Spoiled Kids on Father's Day? by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Lenore Skenazy, aka Free Range Mom, reviewed Alfie Kohn's new book " The Myth of The Spoiled Child" in the New York Times this weekend. I had trouble understanding the logic ... Read on »
Fact-Checking School Shootings: The Media Debunks Its Own News Coverage by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Mark the occasion. Someone bothered to fact-check media claims involving children and teenagers. The rare debunking comes after a gun-control group released a new report  on ... Read on »
Calling All Parenting Experts? by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting A recent offer has banished all but my remaining shreds of naivety about how the parenting media operates. Not that I was so innocent or impressionable before but now I've s ... Read on »
Bullying on the Decrease? by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Excuse my end-of-year rush but I don't want to forget about Harvard's Shorenstein Center's recap of recent bullying studies. Anyhow, it gives me a chance to assign some Summ ... Read on »
Don't Panic, the Finns Aren't Totally Superior by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Kids who don't exercise and watch too much television are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes and vascular disease. This breaking news comes from Finland, home of the best ed ... Read on »
Debunking Vaccine Myths by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Debunking vaccination myths might not convince hesistant parents to vaccinate. In fact there's some evidence it actually might backfire. It's not news that people cling to t ... Read on »
Mothers For Social Good by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Author and Activist Elizabeth Smart talking to Savannah Guthrie. Credit: Stuart Ramson, United Nations Foundation  This past Wednesday I took some time ... Read on »
Parenting Websites Pushing Advice and Products? by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I don't often fuss about smaller parenting websites or blogs. The mainstream media and bigger sites provide too much fodder as it is. From time to time though I just can't w ... Read on »
Fidgety Boys and the Economy: Botched Social Science Journalism at Its Best by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Gather your patience and decoder rings because a recent New York Times article is a remarkable case of botched social science journalism starting with this headline - A Link ... Read on »
What I should have learned about parenting from English lit class by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Valuable insights into modern parenting pop up in the least expected places. An essay on Virginia Woolf in The New Yorker highlighted an issue that plagues much of our forma ... Read on »
Happy World Immunization Week! by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting This week the international public health spotlight is on you.* World Immunization Week called and they want you to make sure everyone in your home is up to date on immu ... Read on »
Spotting Bad Science: Kindly ignore the playmate and the pediatrician by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I refuse to write about the recent op-ed from the nude Playboy model-cum television host and parenting expert who learned everything she needs to know at Google University a ... Read on »
Personal Health 2.0 by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Everybody seeks health and medical information online now, that's old news. According to  Pew Research  adults not only seek out details about health conditions but other pe ... Read on »
Breastfeed Past Menopause, Study Says by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines today recommending mothers continue breastfeeding through childbearing age, middle-age and well into menopause ... Read on »
I Want My (Teen Mom) MTV? by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Sure to please parents and sex educators everywhere, MTV has solved the teen pregnancy crisis. Since the cable network started filming "16 and Pregnant" fewer teens have g ... Read on »
Autism on the Brain (Literally) by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Two new autism studies out this week. One shows brain abnormalities among children with autism. The other , rising rates of autism. Before you get too excited about either o ... Read on »
A Debate over Childhood Vaccinations? The View From the Mudroom by Dr. Polly Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting As if there simply hasn't been enough drama, opinion or celebrity-mom tweet-hating over vaccines in the last decade, The New York Times has thrown vaccines up for debate onc ... Read on »