KEN CANFIELD / Overland Park, KS
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Dr. Ken Canfield is founder of the National Center for Fathering, and served as NCF’s president and CEO from 1990 through 2005. From 2006- 2010 he was executive director for the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Since then Ken has been working with a number of national and international non-profits.
His work has been recognized in a variety of ways: He has been a consultant to state and community officials on ways to engage and equip fathers in local programming; served as one of the founding members of former Vice President Al Gore’s private-sector “Father to Father” Initiative; and was awarded the 1993 Father of theYear by the National Congress for Men and Children.
He is the author of The Heart of a Father (Northfield Publishing – 1996, 2006), and numerous other books including the award-winning 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers (Tyndale – 1992, 2002). Canfield has been interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight and numerous radio programs as an authority on fathering skills and research, as well as the negative consequences of father absence.
Canfield has written for a number of magazines both academic and popular: Psychological Reports,Educational and Psychological Measurements, ParentLife, The World & I, Parents, Today’s Better Life,New Man and Living With Children.
He and his wife, Dee, have been married since 1976. They have five grown children, many grandchildren, and reside in Overland Park, KS.