Crist, James J. 1961-

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Crist, James J. 1961-


Born 1961, in Rochester, NY; son of Joseph (a public insurance adjustor; retired) and Sharon (a homemaker) Crist. Ethnicity: "Caucasian (Italian-American)." Education: Williams College, B.A., 1983; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.S., 1985, Ph.D., 1990.


Home—Fort Washington, MD. Office—Child and Family Counseling Center, 13649 Office Pl., Ste. 102, Woodbridge, VA 22192. E-mail—[email protected].


Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health, Annandale, VA, worked as intern in child and adult psychology; City of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA, substance abuse counselor for two years; Child and Family Counseling Center, Woodbridge, VA, clinical director and clinical psychologist in private practice and certified substance abuse counselor, 1990—. Argosy University, Washington, DC, adjunct faculty in professional counseling program, 2003—; also taught at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; also workshop leader and public lecturer.


American Psychological Association, National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists, Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Virginia Psychological Association Northern Virginia Society of Clinical Psychologists, Phi Beta Kappa.


iParenting Media Award, 2004, for What to Do When You're Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids, and 2005, for What to Do When You'reSad & Lonely: A Guide for Kids; Sigma Xi grant; William R. Kenan, Jr. fellowship; Ralph Bunche scholarship; New York State Regents scholarship.


ADHD: A Teenager's Guide, Center for Applied Psychology (King of Prussia, PA), 1996.

Alcoholics and Families: A Guide for Kids, Continental Press (Elizabethtown, PA), 2000, expanded edition published as When Someone You Love Abuses Alcohol or Drugs, Wellness Institute (Gretna, LA), 2003.

What to Do When You're Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids, Free Spirit Publishing (Minneapolis, MN), 2004.

What to Do When You're Sad & Lonely: A Guide for Kids, Free Spirit Publishing (Minneapolis, MN), 2005.

Mad: How to Deal with Your Anger and Get Respect, Free Spirit Publishing (Minneapolis, MN), 2007.

Contributor to periodicals, including Challenge and Clinical Exchange.


James J. Crist writes books to assist young people in dealing with difficult situations. In What to Do When You're Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids Crist discusses a wide array of scary situations, ranging from phobias to common concerns. He offers easy-to-understand coping mechanisms and helpful information that provides his readers with a perspective on their own situation, including case histories. In addition to including an in-depth analysis of possible childhood fears, Crist also includes a detailed chapter that describes the counseling process. What to Do When You're Scared & Worried "will empower children and help them to understand, confront, and master troubling emotions," commented Sharon A. Neal in a review for School Library Journal, adding that Crist's "easy-to-follow" book has "child appeal."

Crist once commented: "I have been interested in helping others since I was a teenager. I have also been a fan of self-help books, as I think they can empower people to cope with their problems in a positive way. As a psychologist, I found that there were many self-help books for adults dealing with various disorders, but relatively few for children and teenagers. My motive in writing books for kids was to bring the strategies used by adults in coping with disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression down to the level of a child so that kids too could benefit. It is such a joy to see that kids can relate to my books and that they find them helpful. It is so validating to realize that you're not alone—that other kids share similar problems.

"In terms of substance abuse, I have worked with many families of alcoholics and drug addicts. I have seen how devastating it can be to the children who don't understand why their parents or older siblings can't stop drinking. They tend to blame themselves, thinking if only they acted better than the drinking would stop. I wrote When Someone You Love Abuses Alcohol or Drugs to help children understand the nature of addiction, what makes it so hard to stop using drugs or alcohol, and what they as kids could do to cope with their feelings."

Crist told CA: "In working with kids who were suffering from various psychological problems, I wanted to give them information to help them understand and overcome their problems. I like taking information on self-help for adults and simplify it so that kids can benefit."



School Library Journal, July, 2004, Sharon A. Neal, review of What to Do When You're Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids, p. 119.


Home Page for James J. Crist, Ph.D., CSAC, (June 2, 2007).