About Drs. Laura Smith and Charles Elliott


Drs. Elliott and Smith are clinical psychologists and co-authors of: Child Psychology and Development For Dummies, Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies (2nd Edition), Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies, Seasonal Affective Disorder For Dummies, Anxiety and Depression Workbook For Dummies, Depression For Dummies, Hollow Kids: Recapturing the Soul of a Generation Lost to the Self-Esteem Myth, and Why Can’t I Be the Parent I Want to Be?

Their work has been featured in various periodicals including Family Circle, Parents, Child, and Better Homes and Gardens, as well as popular publications like New York Post, Washington Times, Daily Telegraph (London), and Christian Science Monitor.They have been invited speakers at numerous conferences including: the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, and the National Association of School Psychologists.

They have appeared on television networks such as CNN and Canada AM, and, in radio, they been featured as experts on various NPR programs, as well as You the Owner’s Manual Radio Show, Doctor Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio, the Frankie Boyer Radio Show, and The Four Seasons Radio Show.

We have committed our professional lives to making the science of psychology relevant and accessible to the public. We are both parents and grandparents, in other words, real people. We love dogs, reading books, hiking, and our view of the mountains. We also think cats are cute, but Chuck happens to be allergic to them.

We had several reasons for developing First, we wanted to give our readers additional information about us and the books we write. If you click on the title of any book under Selected Works, you’ll see an overview of that book. Some readers have also asked us for useful additional references about the topics covered in our books, and we’re happy to provide these to you upon request. Other readers have wondered how to contact us so we’re including a contact page.

Feel free to ask us questions or give us your thoughts. Here are some other services we provide. We do lots of radio interviews. We also consult and train business professionals, mental health professionals, teachers, administrators, students, and the general public. We travel for various types of speaking engagements.