Ross W. Greene

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Ross W. Greene is an American clinical child psychologist and author of the books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. Greene developed the model of intervention called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Greene is founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance, and developed and executive produced the documentary film, The Kids We Lose. Greene's research has been widely published in academic journals, and he and the CPS model have been featured in popular media including The Oprah Show, Dateline NBC, the CBS Morning Show, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), National Public Radio, The Washington Post, Mother Jones magazine, and The Atlantic.

Greene received his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Virginia Tech in 1989. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. His academic appointments include the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech (1989-1991, 2012 to present), the Faculty of Science at University of Technology Sydney, Australia (2016 to present); the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (1992 to 2013), the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Medical Center (1991-1992); and the Department of Education at Tufts University (2010 to 2013).

Though he originally called his model "Collaborative Problem Solving," he is not affiliated with those now marketing that product and does not endorse what they have done with his work.[1][2]

Explosive children[edit]

Greene's books The Explosive Child and Lost at School focus on children and adolescents who are compromised in the realms of flexibility, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, resulting in frequent and sometimes severe temper outbursts and noncompliance. In his books, Greene delineates a treatment model called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions for helping such youth in families, schools, and restrictive therapeutic facilities. The term "explosive" is partially captured in the diagnosis of Intermittent explosive disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Children identified as being explosive child may meet diagnostic criteria for a variety of additional psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, Tourette syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, or obsessive compulsive disorder.


  • Greene, Ross W. The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, "chronically Inflexible" Children. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1998, 2014. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 1677 libraries[3]
  • Greene, Ross W. Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them. New York: Scribner, 2008, 2014.
  • Greene, Ross W. Lost and Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students (and, While You're at it, All the Others). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2016.
  • Greene, Ross W. Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child. New York: Scribner, 2016.


  1. ^ It's Not Collaborative Problem Solving Anymore
  2. ^ Lewis, Katherine Reynolds. "What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?". Mother Jones. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  3. ^ WorldCat book entry

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