John Rosemond

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John Rosemond
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Born John Kirk Rosemond
(1947-11-25) November 25, 1947 (age 70)
Asheville, NC, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Western Illinois University
Occupation Psychologist
Newspaper Columnist
Public Speaker
Radio Broadcaster
Political party Republican
Wilma Rosemond (m. 1968)
Children Eric

John Rosemond (born November 25, 1947) is an American columnist, public speaker, and author on parenting. His weekly parenting column is syndicated in approximately 225 newspapers, and he has authored 15 books on the subject.

Rosemond grew up in Charleston, SC, and the suburbs of Chicago. He attended Western Illinois University, graduating in 1971 with a master's degree (M.S.) in Community Psychology. At Western Illinois University, Rosemond sang lead in a popular campus band, Herkemer Bog, where he met his future wife at a concert.

From 1971 to 1980, Rosemond worked as a psychologist and program director at various mental health centers in Illinois, Iowa, and North Carolina. He began writing his newspaper column in 1976, while Director of the Early Intervention Program at the Gaston-Lincoln Mental Health Center in Gastonia, NC. In 1978, the Charlotte Observer purchased the column and put it into syndication a year later. It now appears weekly in over 200 newspapers in the USA. From 1980 to 1990, John was in private practice as a family psychologist.

John is married and has two children, Eric and Amy. He is licensed as a psychological associate in the state of North Carolina.


John has authored or co-authored fifteen books, including:

Books as sole author:

Books with others:

  • Rosemond, John; Ravenel, Bose (2009). The Diseasing of America's Children: Exposing the ADHD Fiasco and Empowering Parents to Take Back Control. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-0785297475. 


John's radio show on parenting, "Because I Said So!" airs on American Family Radio networks on Saturdays at 6pm EST.[1][2]


Rosemond has received criticism for his recommendations on toilet training[3] and spanking[4] because they contradict other parenting experts' recommendations as well as the official evidence-based policy of the American Psychological Association.[5] Rosemond's statements on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder also have been criticized for being inaccurate;[6] Rosemond says the disorder does not exist.[7]

In the late 1980s, the North Carolina Psychology Board – which in 1979 issued to John a license to practice psychology – took action against him for writing a newspaper column in which the parents of a young boy sought his advice concerning their son's rather typical fears. The boy had been in therapy for six months and the fears had worsened during that time. John advised that the fears in question did not, in and of themselves, justify therapy and that six months was enough time to judge whether the therapist was being effective or not. Since the latter was clearly the case, John advised terminating the therapy. Since the Board could not prove that John had caused harm, they issued a reprimand, which John accepted on the advice of his attorney.

In 1992, John wrote a column in which he stated that an 18-month-old girl who had been sexually abused on one occasion by a non-family member (babysitter) was unlikely to ever remember the event; therefore, therapy was not called for. John's advice was in line with research into human memory which finds that regardless of the nature of an event, permanent memory does not form until around age 36 months, on average.[8] Despite the fact that John's advice was research-based, the North Carolina Psychology Board received numerous complaints from therapists across the country who were practicing recovered memory therapy. The Board again brought a complaint against John, but the issue never reached the stage of a hearing.

In 2013, the Kentucky Psychology Board initiated a letter to John from the Attorney General of Kentucky, charging John with practicing psychology in Kentucky without a license issued by them. The charge was based solely on the fact that John's syndicated column appears in five Kentucky newspapers. John sued the Kentucky Psychology Board and Attorney General in federal court, charging them with attempting to suppress his First Amendment rights.[9] He subsequently released the Attorney General from the suit. The Psychology Board refused to back down and the case went to court. John won in October 2015.[10] John's column continues to run in Kentucky newspapers and he continues to hold his license to practice psychology.


  1. ^ "American Family Radio - AFR Program Lineup". 
  2. ^ Rosemond, John. "John Rosemond". 
  3. ^ Lemonick, Michael D. (25 January 1999). "War of the Diapers" – via 
  4. ^ Paul, Pamela (8 May 2006). "Is Spanking O.K.?" – via 
  5. ^ "Corporal Punishment". 
  6. ^ "Spreading Misinformation About ADHD". 29 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Rosemond, John K. (April 2017). "The 'invention' of ADHD". Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  8. ^ Bauer, Patricia J. (December 2015). "Development of episodic and autobiographical memory: The importance of remembering forgetting". Developmental Review. 38: 146–166. doi:10.1016/j.dr.2015.07.011. PMC 4669902Freely accessible. PMID 26644633. 
  9. ^ News, A. B. C. (21 July 2013). "Parenting Columnist Claims Kentucky Censorship". ABC News. 
  10. ^ "Federal judge rules in favor of columnist John Rosemond in lawsuit against psychology board". 

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