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Lee Salk

Eminent child and family authority Dr. Lee Salk was born in New York City in 1926. He received his training from the University of Michigan, earning his PhD in 1954. At the time of his death, he was a clinical professor of psychology in pediatrics and psychiatry at Cornell University Medical Centre, New York, and adjunct professor of child development at the Child Study Centre at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Dr. Salk authored eight books. His final book, Familyhood: Nurturing the Values That Matter, was published just a few months before his death in 1992. Dr. Salk was also a consultant to NBC, appearing on the network's television news broadcasts and speaking on its News and Information Service broadcasts. In addition, for 20 years Dr. Salk wrote a family-oriented column for McCall's magazine.

In the final two years of his life his wife Mary Jane Salk helped him continue to write articles, make television appearances, go on lecture tours, and provide editing for BabyTalk magazine. During this time Dr. Salk also served as KidsPeace's first Director of Prevention Services and helped to launch KidsPeace's national public education initiatives.

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Salk was one of the founders of the association's Division of Child, Youth and Family Services, serving as its president from 1979 to 1980. He also served as president of the APA's Clinical Child Psychology section. Dr. Salk was the recipient of the 1981 APA National Media Award, the first Distinguished Contributions Award from the Society of Pediatric Psychology and the APA's Distinguished Contributions Award in Clinical Child Psychology.

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