Rae Simpson, Ph.D.

Rae Simpson, Ph.D., is Senior Program Manager for Parenting and Work-Life Communications at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and co-director of MIT’s Work-Life Center, where she develops and coordinates a broad range of initiatives, many of which have won national recognition. She is particularly known for her program of services, consultations, research reports, professional networks, and other resources in the parenting field.

A specialist in parenting of adolescents and young adults, Rae founded and served as chief consultant to the Harvard Parenting Project at the Harvard School of Public Health. With funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, she wrote and published the widely circulated report, Raising Teens, gathering and synthesizing a broad range of information for parents of teenagers, at http://hrweb.mit.edu/worklife/raising-teens/.

With funding from the Lord Foundation and others, Rae also recently created the Young Adult Development Project, gathering and analyzing research on the unique features of young adulthood, including brain development, at http://hrweb.mit.edu/worklife/youngadult/.

Rae has served as a consultant on issues in parenting education, parenting and the media, youth development, and science journalism for a number of national and international organizations, including CBS Television, the National Science Foundation, the United Nations, public television, and advertising, publishing, and law firms. As a consultant to the World Health Organization, she drafted a report on Helping Parents in Developing Countries Improve Adolescents’ Health at http://hrweb.mit.edu/worklife/raising-teens/parenting-adolescents.html.

She is the founding chair of the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN), where she continues to play an advisory role.

Holding a PhD in communication research from Stanford University, Rae is the author (under her former name, Rae Goodell) of The Visible Scientists (Boston: Little, Brown, 1977), which explores the relationship between experts and the media. She has also written articles for The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, and many other publications.