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About Denise Daniels, RN, MS

Now more than ever, young children need emotional support and resilience skills in order to bounce forward when facing the challenges of growing up in an ever-changing world.

-Denise Daniels, RN, MS

Denise Daniels, creator of The Moodsters, is a Peabody award-winning broadcast journalist, parenting and child development expert, and author who specializes in the social and emotional development of children. Her books have reached more than 15 million children and her clear, simple advice has helped parents on many national TV programs including Oprah and the TODAY show, where she was a regular parenting contributor. Daniels also hosted her own daily parenting show, Parents Helper, on NBC’s cable network.

In her role as Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit National Childhood Grief Institute, Denise traveled the globe to help children deal with their emotions in the aftermath of such natural disasters as Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Southeast Asia. Denise has reported to the United Nations on issues impacting children in Africa, as well as to Congress on issues impacting children in the U.S.

Denise’s innovative First Aid for Feelings pediatric health care and emotional assessment model, developed for Pfizer Pediatrics, was specifically developed to help young pediatric patients cope with emotional issues surrounding hospitalization and medical procedures. The program has been used in over 200 pediatric units across the country, and has been integrated into the training program at ten U.S. medical schools’ pediatric residency programs. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Denise’s First Aid for Feelings was used as part of the grief support program for children at Ground Zero.

Now Denise brings all her expertise to bear in her first-of-its-kind, evidence-based children’s brand The Moodsters, created in collaboration with Drs. Marc Brackett and Robin Stern of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The Moodsters put children on the path to positive mental health by helping them solve the mysteries of emotions and build the resilience skills that enable them to thrive.