Marcy Axness, PhD, is an early development specialist, parent coach, and author of Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers. Dr Axness’ areas of expertise include adoption, prenatal parenting, interpersonal neurobiology and Walforf education. Her research question never wavers: How do our conventional parenting, childcare and education practices affect our children’s healthy development and potential? And in a cultural climate that is always asking how things go wrong, Dr. Axness’ passion is to focus on what can go right— how we can optimize potential and do it in a healthier and more joyful way? Her teachings are imbued with a relevance and compassion borne of her willingness to share her own parenting struggles, joys and discoveries – as an adopted person, a mother and a seeker.

Dr. Axness has a private practice coaching parents-in-progress, and considers as one of her most important credentials that she raised two peacemakers to share with the world — Ian and Eve, both in their twenties.