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Dr. Terri Apter


University of Cambridge

Dr. Terri Apter is a psychologist and writer, and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. Her research focuses on family dynamics - between parents and children at various stages of development, among siblings, and between families connected by marriage.  

Terri’s books include Altered Loves: mothers and daughters during adolescence (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), and The Confident Child: raising children to believe in themselves which won the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Educator's Award. She explored young people's difficult transition to adulthood in The Myth of Maturity: what teenagers need from parents to become adults in which she coined the now familiar term “thresholders”.  Her most recent book is Difficult Mothers, a Guardian Booklist bestseller.  She is an occasional blogger for Psychology Today and for

Terri is fascinated both personally and professionally by the shifting facets of emotion and connection. Believing that creative writers are generally ahead of the psychologists in the quest for human understandings, she is an avid novel reader and opera-goer.