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Parental Alienation | Dr Jennifer Harman | TEDxCSU

Parental alienation is a devastating problem affecting millions of families around the world. Unfortunately, much like how we addressed domestic violence several decades ago, we treat parental alienation as a domestic issue rather than as a problem that affects communities, school systems, police and court systems, mental health and financial institutions, and legislative bodies.

I will discuss how our social and cultural systems sanction and even promote parental alienation at the expense of our children, and what can be done about it.

Dr. Harman is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University and is the Program Coordinator for the Applied Social & Health Psychology Program.

She is an accomplished and awarded teacher, and has published many peer-reviewed articles and textbooks on intimate relationships, such as The Science of Relationships: Answers to your Questions about Dating, Marriage and Family. She is also a contributor to, a relationship science resource for the on-line community, and  is interviewed as a relationship expert for many national and international media outlets (Chicago Tribune, the Denver Post, NY Magazine,, and the Irish Independent). She has more recently applied her research expertise in social psychology to better understand and find solutions for parental alienation because she has been a target of it herself.


 Michelle Darné talks about parental alienation and her fight for her right to parent. Chicklit Club. September 11, 2017.

Book Review: Parent Deleted by Michelle Darné. By Traci L. Slatton. Huffington Post. August 1, 2017.

Maternal gatekeeping hurts children. by Dr. Jennifer Harman, Nancy R. Shannon and Shawna Thompson. Omaha World-Herald. July 20, 2017.

The Parent Trap - LGBTQI parents are uniquely vulnerable to parental alienation. By Michelle Darné. Curve. July 12, 2017.


The Zero Sum Game Of Parental Alienation, by Traci L. Slatton. Huffington Post. 28 December 2016.

Lost Parents: When High Conflict Divorce Leads to Parental Alienation. by Traci L. Slatton. Huffington Post. May 26, 2015.

Radio / Podcasts

The Love Doctor is IN: Parents Who Have Been Silenced. Features interview with with Michelle Darné. September 8, 2017.


Psychologist Jennifer Harman on Parental Alienation. Traci Slatton Podcasts. Released January 5, 2017

The Love Doctor is IN; Episode 19: Parental Alienation: When Parents Act Badly. Features interview with Dr. Jennifer Harman (read Simply Parent's review)


Erasing Dad, a documentary that follows six fathers fighting against alienation from their children. Co-Directed by Ginger Gentile and Sandra Fernández Ferreira. Watch for free in Spanish or English.

Divorce Corp. exposes the $50B/yr US divorce industry. By Joe Sorge. 2014.

Other reading

Dr. William Bernet On The Concept Of Parental Alienation And Its Inclusion In The DSM-V. December 27, 2013 By Robert Franklin, Esq. For National Parents Organization.

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