Debra Harkins
Debra A. Harkins, Ph.D.| Clinical psychologist with focus on critical, community and development | Professor of Psychology and Education at Suffolk University | Publisher at Purple Owl Books | Chief Editor at Pedagogy and Human Sciences | Consultant at Leading Change Associates | Newton, MA | 617-895-6948
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Just in time for Halloween!

October 22, 2021
Kids will be sweet on reading about the amazing and crazy history of their favorite candy and Halloween in the new illustrated chapter book, A Lil’ Twirly Story of Candy. What is Halloween? …

Nothing from Nothing

March 5, 2021
Buy On Amazon Nothing from nothing tells the story of what happens between nothing. A Jewish tale of pain, thieves, lies, and rejection told from an artist with the dry and bitter wit of a sur…

A lil’ Twirly Story of Candy tells a tale of sweets

February 20, 2021
Buy on Amazon A Lil’ twirly story of candy is an illustrated, humorous history written for youth and anyone curious about candy. Our story of candy’s history has loads of wacky, colorful charac…

Khanda’s Adventures Beyond the Milky Way

February 16, 2021
Buy on Amazon A strong little girl goes on a wondrous candy adventure through the clouds. When young Khanda dreams of her next big adventure, she imagines going past the marshmallow clouds of th…

5 Steps to build community during COVID

February 16, 2021
Even in the best of times, service-learning can pose numerous challenges. Learn 5 steps to build community during COVID. When COVID and an attempted governmental coup is added to the mix, educators…

Should you worry about your children and schooling during the COVID19 pandemic?

September 6, 2020
I’ve been a child developmental psychologist for over 20+ years. Here’s my opinion on children and school. Children will have a similar experience in school or out as COVID runs its course. School …

Young children, COVID and masks 

August 20, 2020
My adorable 2.5 year old granddaughter, refused to wear her mask when I masked up to take her and her older sister for a nature walk to their local pond. I said, No mask, no walk. Her parents quick…

How COVID mirrors the torus of change

April 5, 2020
The Metaphysics of A Global World in Transition Kelly Nezat and Debra A. Harkins Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or…

How to reduce COVID anxiety

April 4, 2020
STRESS CAN LEAD TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING (from CDC website): Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests Difficulty concent…

Steps to help youth during COVID

April 2, 2020
Charting a Course to Support Youth Mental Health during COVID19  The only thing I knew how to do  was to keep on keepin’ on  -Bob Dylan “Tangled up in blue” Perhaps Dylan’s words cap…

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