Dr. Ken Ginsburg practices Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He directs Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, where he serves Philadelphia’s youth enduring homelessness.
Dr. Ginsburg practices social adolescent medicine -- service with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors affect both physical and emotional health. His research over the last 30 years has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach adults how to better serve them.
He is the Founding Director of The Center for Parent and Teen Communications which works with key influencers to empower parents with the strategies and skill-sets that will strengthen their family connections and position them to guide their teens to become their best selves. It works to shift the cultural narrative about adolescence from being a time to survive to one in which development is to be optimized and celebrated. It’s parenting website - parentandteen.com - was awarded the 2019 Seal of Approval from The National Parenting Center.
His books include, ""Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings,"" and “Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust,” published by The American Academy of Pediatrics. His AAP multimedia toolkit “Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development ” offers youth-serving professionals the trauma-sensitive strategies to more effectively build youth.
He has been honored to offer consultation in building resilience and developing strong youth to The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, The National Congress of American Indians, and the Military Child Education Coalition, among others, over the last decade. He currently works with Covenant House International’s 35 sites to solidify and magnify their practice model rooted in the healing power of loving and respectful adult connections with youth.