About Katie

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 No More Mean Girls

“Addressed to the parents of girls aged three to 13, the book takes on the “mean girl culture” and alerts parents to the signs of relational aggression—behavior intended to harm someone by damaging or manipulating her relationship with others—in their daughters’ daily lives. Hurley helpfully illustrates her advice with a multitude of stories illustrating how girls relate to each other in elementary and middle school, and she provides well-organized ways for them to develop a sense of identity, acquire resilience and autonomy, improve their communication skills, stand up for themselves, and become individually accountable.”

-Publishers Weekly

“Far too many girls, suffering serious stressors and societal pressures at an early age, are struggling with self-esteem and are cruel to one another. In No More Mean Girls, Katie Hurley immerses herself in this complex world and sheds critical light on how we can do the vital work of raising girls who are sturdier, kinder and more able to thrive. Her guidance is wise, practical and concrete, and she doesn’t let us as parents off the hook. She reminds us that we have agency and that we need to take on this serious problem squarely. Read this book.”

-Richard Weissbourd, Senior Lecturer and Faculty Director, Making Caring Common, Harvard Graduate School of Education

The Happy Kid Handbook

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“Highly recommended for people who seek a parenting orientation rather than a method but still want a substantial toolbox of specific activities to use in understanding and connecting with their children.”

—Publishers Weekly

Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, writer and speaker in Los Angeles, CA. Katie earned her BA in psychology and women’s studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.  Katie has extensive experience treating children and adolescents with learning differences, anxiety and low self-esteem. She is also trained in Play Therapy. Katie’s work can be found in several online publications, including The Washington PostPBS Parents, US News and World Report, and The Huffington Post.  Katie is the author of “The Happy Kid Handbook:  How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World” (Tarcher/Penguin) and the highly anticipated No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls (Penguin Random House, January 2018).

For questions, comments, and office hours, please contact Katie at katiehurleylcsw@gmail.com

Media inquiries:

For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact:

Keely Platte, Penguin Random House kplatte@penguinrandomhouse.com

Danielle Caravella, Penguin Random House dcaravella@penguinrandomhouse.com

Literary Agent:

Lauren Galit
The LKG Agency
465 West End Avenue 2A
New York, NY 10024