by Peter Levine, M.D. and Helen F. Neville, B.S., R.N.
About Peter Levine, M.D. and Helen F. Neville, B.S., R.N.
Peter Levine is a pediatrician in Walnut Creek CA who switched his focus from hematology/oncology to ADHD in 1987.
"I love working with children and their families," he says. "I've always been interested in behavioral issues and have worked extensively in the field of ADHD. I feel that one of the most important aspects of my work is educating patients and their families to empower them so that they can better help themselves. I see medicine as a partnership between the doctor and the patient in which we, together, maintain a patient's physical and emotional health."
Levine goes on to say, "I find that the most important person in an ADHD/ADD child's success is the parent. I want to give parents the tools to help allow their child to be successful, and because the information about ADHD/ADD medications can be overwhelming, I wanted to write a book that would help parents understand the meds."
The Qwik Book's short format appeals to him, the doctor says, because "I wanted a short book that would give parents a jump start in understanding how to work with their children, and yet concise so parents wouldn't be further overwhelmed."
Both Levine and his co-author Helen Neville wanted a guide that would clearly explain ADHD/ADD medications to parents, help them decide whether children should be medicated, and if meds are used, how to manage them.
A native of South Orange NJ and a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, Levine completed medical school at the University of California in San Francisco. He did his internship and residency in pediatrics at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Stanford. Since 1994 he has been co-chair of the Northern California Kaiser Permanente ADHD Best Practices Committee.
The parent of two adult children, Levine lives in Berkeley with his wife.
Helen Fowler Neville grew up in silver mining communities around the globe, including Hawaii, India and Ghana. By the time she graduated from high school in Berkeley, she'd attended 14 schools. Her early adulthood was equally adventurous: one summer during college, she worked with the U.S. Public Health Service north of the Arctic Circle. After earning her B.S. and R.N. at the University of California San Francisco she took nursing jobs in both the U.S. and Bolivia.
A longtime pediatric nurse, Neville from the early 1990s until 2004 directed the Temperament Project at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland. Since 1990 she has also taught parenting courses for Kaiser and Bananas, Inc., the East Bay Child Care Resource & Referral Agency. In those roles, she's answered questions for thousands of parents on concerns ranging from teething to tantrums to selecting child care.
She is the author or co-author of several books, including Is This a Phase? Child Development & Parent Strategies, Birth to 6 Years, Temperament Tools: Working with Your Child's Inborn Traits (Rev. Ed.), the revised Mommy! I Have to Go Potty!, and What to Do About Sleep Problems in Young Children, 12 Months to 5 Years.
Neville and her physician husband are the parents of two adult children and the grandparents of one. They live in Oakland.
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