Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz is an award-winning author and journalist who covers addiction and neuroscience. Her next book, Unbroken Brain (St. Martins, April, 2016), uses her own story of recovery from heroin and cocaine addiction to explore how reframing addiction as a developmental disorder could revolutionize prevention, treatment and policy.

She's the author or co-author of six previous books, including the bestselling The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog (Basic, 2007) and Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential-- and Endangered (Morrow, 2010), both with leading child psychiatrist and trauma expert Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD.

Her book, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids, is the first history of systemic abuse in "tough love" programs and rehabs and helped spur Congressional hearings, GAO investigations and proposed legislation to regulate these groups. She also co-wrote the first evidence-based consumer guide to addiction treatment, Recovery Options: The Complete Guide, with Joe Volpicelli, MD, PhD. (Wiley, 2000).

Currently, she writes a bi-weekly column for VICE on drugs and addiction. From 2010 to 2013, she wrote daily for and she continues to freelance there and for other publications including the New York Times, Scientific American Mind, Nature, New York Magazine online, Pacific Standard, Matter, Nautilus, and The Verge.

Szalavitz has won major awards from organizations like the American Psychological Association, the Drug Policy Alliance and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in recognition of her work in these areas.

She lives in New York with her husband and a Siamese shelter cat.

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    • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

    • And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook - What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing
    • By: Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated by: Chris Kipiniak
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    How does trauma affect a child's mind - and how can that mind recover? In the classic The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Dr. Perry explains what happens to the brains of children exposed to extreme stress and shares their lessons of courage, humanity, and hope....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Helped me with my most difficult students.

    • By Robin Schrader on 12-22-18

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Unbroken Brain

    • A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction
    • By: Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated by: Marisa Vitali
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Challenging both the idea of the addict's "broken brain" and the notion of a simple "addictive personality", Unbroken Brain offers a radical and groundbreaking new perspective....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not what I expected

    • By Jennifer Sader on 08-28-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Born for Love

    • Why Empathy Is Essential - and Endangered
    • By: Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    From birth, when babies' fingers instinctively cling to those of adults, their bodies and brains seek an intimate connection - a bond made possible by empathy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maybe the most important book written this century

    • By Sharon Killen on 03-23-19

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Lost Boy

    • By: Maia Szalavitz, Brent W. Jeffs
    • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet's compound....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting male view of polygamy

    • By Karen on 09-17-13

    Regular price: $31.93

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