Foundation for Male Studies

Board of Directors

Edward M. Stephens, MD is an internationally-recognized physician and psychiatrist. He has produced a stream of programs about men, women and families: The Paternal Instinct, Paternal Grief Syndrome, After Divorce: Fathers, Mothers and the Law, and Shattering Fictions and Myths in Divorce. He then turned to the question of The Decline of Males (Tiger) and Why Men Die First (Legato), Why Boys Fail (Tyre) and an intense awareness that men and boys had become “the neglected other half of gender” according to the World Bank. With no presence of male studies in higher education, and falling prospects globally to the detriment of all, he saw the need to create an educational initiative that would be a-political, rigorous and inclusive. Today, Male Studies, A New Academic Discipline and The Foundation for Male Studies, support these efforts.

Ona Robinson, PhD has had several careers in teaching, school psychology, and psychotherapy with children and adults. She is a licensed psychologist, certified psychotherapist, working in both business and private practice for over 30 years. Dr. Robinson's work with women in the highly competitive arena of Wall Street has helped her to define the ways in which female and male competition differ. Since 1984, she and Dr. Stephens have been working together in the area of unlearning destructive competitive strategies and developing ways of achieving harmony, or concinnity.

Board of Advisors

Warren Farrell, PhD

Dr. Warren Farrell has been chosen by the Financial Times as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders. His books are published in over 50 countries, and in 19 languages. They include The New York Times best-seller, Why Men Are the Way They Are, plus the international best-seller, The Myth of Male Power. His most recent is The Boy Crisis (2018, co-authored with John Gray). The Boy Crisis was chosen as a finalist for the Foreword Indies award (the independent publishers’ award).

Dr. Farrell has been a pioneer in both the women’s movement (elected three times to the Board of N.O.W. in NYC) and the men’s movement (called by GQ Magazine “The Martin Luther King of the men’s movement”). He conducts couples’ communication workshops nationwide. He has appeared on over 1000 TV shows and been interviewed by Oprah, Barbara Walters, Peter Jennings, Katie Couric, Larry King, Tucker Carlson, Regis Philbin and Charlie Rose. He has frequently written for and been featured in The New York Times and publications worldwide. Dr. Farrell has two daughters, lives with his wife in Mill Valley, California, and virtually at www.warrenfarrell.com.

Gordon Finley, PhD

Gordon E. Finley received a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Antioch College and a Ph.D. in Social Relations from Harvard University. He currently is Professor of Psychology at Florida International University and previously taught at the Universities of British Columbia, Toronto, and California at Berkeley. His research and writings focus on fatherhood, divorce, family law reform, and the status of boys and men in contemporary society. A book is under contract with Wiley-Blackwell titled Fatherhood and Psychology. Recent research and scholarly publications are listed at: http://casgroup.fiu.edu/psychology/faculty.php?id=200.

Dennis Gouws, PhD

Dr. Dennis Gouws is an Associate Professor at Springfield College and a Lecturer at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. His research and teaching interests include masculinities, Victorian literature, and the male-positive education of men and boys. He has published essays on men's issues and is writing a book on masculinities in George Eliot's novels.

Ron Henry, Esq.

Ronald K. Henry is the President of the Men's Health Network, a national 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving quality of life and to reducing premature death and disability among men and boys. The Men's Health Network works with men and boys and with the women who love them to provide education, support and services across a broad spectrum of needs at each stage of life.

Ned Holstein, MD

Edwin C. "Ned" Holstein is an American physician and children's rights advocate. He is a founder and chairman of the National Parents Organization, and an advocate for shared parenting as being in the best interest of most children after separation or divorce. He is also the founder and Executive Director at Fathers & Families, an organization working to strengthen families to improve the life chances of children.

Paul Nathanson, PhD

Dr. Paul Nathanson has a BA (art history); BTh (Christian theology); MLS (library service); MA (Religious Studies: Judaism and Islam); and PhD (Religious Studies: Religion and Secularity). His interest in the close but often hidden relation between religion and popular culture led to Over the Rainbow: The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth of America (State University of New York Press, 1991) and many articles on similar productions. A researcher at McGill University’s Faculty of Religious Studies, he and Katherine Young write about relations between men and women in connection with the "secular religion" of ideological feminism. McGill-Queen’s University Press has published Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture (2001); Legalizing Misandry: From Public Shame to Systemic Discrimination against Men (2006); and Sanctifying Misandry: Goddess Ideology and the Fall of Man (2010). The final volume will be Transcending Misandry: From Feminist Ideology to Intersexual Dialogue.

Arnold Robbins, MD

Dr. Robbins, a renowned Psychiatrist and therapist, specializes in brief and long-term therapy, addictions, men's health and forsenic psychotherapy. Receiving his degree from Tulane University, he was a teaching fellow in Psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center. He has held distinguished positions including Medical Director at the Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry, Director of the Psychiatric Residency Program at Neponset Health Center, Dorchester, MA, a lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Clinical and Medical Director of Mystic Valley Mental Health Center, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Boston University Medical School and Co-chair, Constitution & By-laws Committee, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. His honors include 2009 Clinician of the Year from the Massachusetts Medical Society, Distinguished Life Fellow from the American Psychiatric Association, the President's National Medical Advisory Council, and is on the Board of Directors of American Mental Health Affiliation with Israel. Dr. Robbins was cited for Loyal and Dedicated Service to the Harvard Community Health Plan and the Trial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Contributions in the Training of Probation Officers. He received the Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Developmentally Disabled, and the Distinguished Service Award from The Massachusetts Medical Society.

Christina Hoff Sommers, PhD

Dr. Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC. Before joining the institute, she was a professor of Philosophy at Clark University where she specialized in moral theory. Her academic articles have appeared in publications such as the Journal of Philosophy and the New England Journal of Medicine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, and The American. Dr. Sommers is the editor of Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life, still a leading college ethics textbook, and she is the author of two well-known books, Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys. The latter, The New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2000. Her most recent book, co-authored with the institute colleague Sally Satel, is One Nation Under Therapy. She has lectured and taken part in debates at more than 100 college campuses.

Lionel Tiger, PhD

Lionel Tiger was Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University where he was on faculty for 40 years. His first book was Men in Groups in 1969 and a more recent one on the gender issue is The Decline of Males (2000). He speaks and publishes widely on sociosexual topics and has over decades been an advisor and commentator on related matters.

Peg Tyre

Journalist and writer Peg Tyre is a prize-winning investigative reporter and the author of the widely praised book The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School and What Parents & Educators Must Do (Crown 2008) which became a New York Times best seller and won the prestigious Books For A Better Life award in 2009. Tyre spent two decades in journalism, writing for Newsweek, the New York Times, The Oprah Magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review. She spent three years as an on-air correspondent for CNN. She was part of a group of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize. She was twice nominated for a National Magazine Award (the magazine industry equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) received two Clarion Awards as well as sharing the Overseas Press Club Ed Cunningham Prize for magazine feature writing. She was also honored by the Education Writers Association. She has discussed her stories on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Anderson Cooper and NPR. She has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Emory and the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. She has given the keynote address at national education events and spoken at corporate conferences. She is frequently asked to conduct teacher training at public and private schools around the nation. Currently, she is a Spencer Research Fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is at work on another book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, novelist and television writer Peter Blauner and their two sons.

Katherine Young, PhD

Dr. Katherine Young is James McGill Professor in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University. Professor Young's areas of expertise are Eastern religions and gender.

Joseph Notovitz

Joseph Notovitz is a branding, design, and marketing specialist, focusing on corporate communications, print design and production, web site design, video editing and production, digital photography, logos, trademarks, and social media marketing. Having worked with the Foundation for over 15 years, Mr. Notovitz has handled almost all communications and outreach.