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William  Pollack

William Pollack

Psychologist & Consultant



Dr. William S. Pollack, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Men and Young Men and the Director of Continuing Education (Psychology) at McLean Hospital and also the Assistant Clinical Professor (Psychology) in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He is the past President of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, a member the Boston Psychoanalytic Society, a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology (ABPP, Board Certified), and a Founding Member and Fellow of The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, a division of the American Psychological Association. An internationally recognized authority on boys and men, Dr. Pollack is Founder & Director of the REAL BOYS Educational Programs. He has served on the U.S. Presidential initiative, The National Campaign Against Youth Violence and is a consultant to The United States Secret Service, including its collaborative Safe Schools Initiative with the U.S. Department of Education. Read More >

His newest work, Real Boys Workbook, has been seen as "the definitive guide to understanding and interacting with boys of all ages".  Utilizing down-to-earth examples and practical exercises, this "hands-on" workbook gives comprehensive advice to parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, and others on how to guide boys successfully through the many challenges they face.  Dr. Pollack has outlined these changes in his extremely popular previous two volumes on boys and young males' experiences.

His nationally best-selling book, Real Boys’ Voices, revealed the wide range of the “secret emotional lives” of America’s young males, including the survivors of Columbine to the "boys next door"—from their fears of violence and the scourge of bullying and the “Boy Code”, to the “impossible tests of masculinity”, to their yearning for “genuine relationships”, struggles with their parents, and sense of a hidden, but deeply rooted, spirituality—told, through their own stories, in their own voices.  Dr. Pollack also offers advice in both volumes on how to connect and listen to our boys, recognizing hidden signs of depression, suicide & violence, and methods to genuinely “bullyproof” our society. He identifies what he calls the “Columbine Syndrome”, which has made America afraid of its own sons, and America’s boys terrified by the so-called (short-sighted and traumatic) “safety” measures we have attempted to implement to eradicate violence. His earlier, New York Times bestseller, Real Boys--Rescuing Our Sons From The Myths Of Boyhood, is based upon Dr. Pollack's groundbreaking research project on the inner emotional experiences of boys, “Listening to Boys’ Voices”, and has already had profound impact upon how we raise, teach and relate to our boys.

An expert in the areas of: boy's development/education and men's roles (including violence, suicide and depression), school safety (including bullying prevention), workplace violence, gender studies (men, boy-girl and male/female relationships), parenting, organizational structure, gender and work/family balance in workplace culture, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and professional issues in the practice of psychology, he is the author and contributor of numerous scholarly journal articles and book chapters.  In addition, he is an internationally recognized speaker, and his work has been featured nationally and internationally in the popular print and broadcast media, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, U.S.A. Today, U.S. News & World Report, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The London Sunday Independent, La Nouvelle Observeteur, Seventeen, Glamour, Self, Ladies Home Journal, Longevity, Time, Newsweek, People, The Today Show, NPR, CNN, Fresh Air, The BBC, Frontline, 20/20, 48 Hours, Dateline, Prime Time Live, Good Morning America, Larry King, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. 

Dr. Pollack is also the co-author of a current book redefining the psychology of men and male/female relationships, entitled: In A Time of Fallen Heroes: The Re-Creation of Masculinity; and co-editor of a comprehensive volume addressing boys’ and men's roles in work, family, love and health, entitled: A New Psychology of Men as well as a recent book redefining psychological treatment for males: New Psychotherapy for Men. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Reducing Bullying in Schools

Speech Topics

Real Boys

Rescuing our sons from the myths of boyhood; why our boys are suffering from low self-esteem and what we can do about it.

Listening to Boys Voices

What is on the minds of American boys and why we need to listen to them.  How can we encourage boys to talk and share feelings?

Breaking the Boy Code

How we can help boys deal with the Boy Code and the mixed messages they receive about being “masculine.”


 Why boys are ashamed of their vulnerable emotions and why this pushes them to harden themselves and act out in violent ways.

The Power of Mothers / the New Role of Fathers

How mothers can help boys to become more confident, do better at school, and lead happier lives when they become men and how the unique parenting style of fathers can actually help boys to become more open, loving, nurturing and caring people.

How Executives Relate, Lead and Connect

It’s not enough to just order commands-it’s necessary to build relationships so that employees feel instrumental in the company.

New Roles for Men & Women in the Workplace

Parents as Managers

Examines relations at home and demonstrates how the methods parents use to teach children and encourage growth can be applied to the workplace.  A fascinating approach to the workforce that demands employees view each other as dynamic people, not just tools.