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Anne Fishel, PhD



Anne Fishel, Ph.D., a Harvard University Professor, founder of the Family Dinner Project, and author "Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids" has hard numbers to prove that eating dinner as a family does all those things and more — it’s good for the health, brain, and spirit of all family members. Anne Fishel, a founding member of The Family Dinner Project team, is a family therapist, clinical psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School. She is Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she trains child and adult psychiatry residents in family therapy. She has written numerous scholarly articles and chapters about family issues, and wrote a book, Treating the Adolescent in Family Therapy: A Developmental and Narrative Approach. She also blogs about the impact of technology on families for Psychology Today, and about family dinners for FDP. She has a forthcoming book about the benefits of family dinners to be published by Amacom Press, 2014. She lectures widely at academic conferences, medical Grand Rounds, and most recently as a keynote speaker at two major conferences in Shanghai. She is the mother of two young adult sons who now make dinner for themselves, their friends(and occasionally for their parents), and are better and more adventurous cooks than their mother.