Abigail Sullivan Moore: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Abigail Sullivan Moore

Acclaimed Journalist with Expertise on Trends in High Schools and Universities

Abigail Sullivan Moore is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. A sharp and sensitive observer of parenting trends, Moore is also known for her fresh, spot-on stories about life on campus from high school to college. Her recent stories have focused on how Skype and texting are fueling a surge in long-distance college romances and how colleges are training students to reach out to peers in deep distress. Moore also has revealed how SAT and ACT officials are getting tougher on granting accommodations to students with ADHD and learning disabilities. NPR shows also invited Moore to guest for her reporting on ways college roommates influence each other and how they are increasingly unable to resolve ordinary conflicts among themselves.

Her insights and expertise in parenting and educational trends led her to co-author The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up, a compelling account of both the good and the bad of close communication in high school, college, and the years after. An essential assessment of parent-child relationships in our wired world, The iConnected Parent goes beyond revealing that many college students are failing to become independent; it guides parents on how to help their children to grow into competent adults and enjoy healthy and fulfilling relationships with them.

With many college students in constant contact with their parents, families are having a hard time striking a balance between staying connected and giving their kids space to grow. Moore's extensive reporting illuminates how this trend is shaping families, schools, and workplaces and the challenge it poses for students with mental health and learning issues. Until recently, students handled college on their own, learning life's lessons and growing up in the process. Now, many students turn to their parents for instant answers to everyday questions. "My roommate's boyfriend is here all the time and I have no privacy! What should I do?" "Can you edit my paper tonight? It's due tomorrow." "What setting should I use to wash my jeans?" And Mom and Dad are not just the Google for daily dilemmas. Moore also reveals how parents get involved in stunning ways, phoning professors and classmates, asking administrators to intervene in their children’s romantic lives, pressing children to friend them on Facebook, choosing their children's courses, and breaking university honor codes by working on their children’s assignments via e-mail. Filled with real-life stories from families and educators, Moore’s presentations are humorous, poignant, and parent-friendly. Mother of two adolescents—including one in college—Moore offers practical, compassionate advice, from the years before college through the years after graduation, on how parents can stay connected to their kids while giving them the space they need to become independent adults.

Moore has appeared on numerous NPR shows, and participated in many speaking engagements, most recently having spoken at Wesleyan University, the Loomis Chaffee School and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. Her work also has been selected to appear in The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything. A former staff writer for The Hartford Courant, Ms. Moore also worked in the corporate sector, serving as a spokesperson for The Travelers and CIGNA Corp

Moore holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University.

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