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Dr. Avidan Milevsky is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a psychotherapist at Wellspring Counseling in Towson, MD. Avidan earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Developmental Psychology (2002, 2000, Florida International University) and a B.L.S. in Behavioral Sciences (1998, Barry University).  Additionally, he has graduate training in mental health counseling from FIU and Chestnut Hill College. While at FIU he received the GSA Social Sciences prize for his work on sibling relationships.

He was the founding chair of the Psychology Department at Touro College South and is a visiting professor at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 

He serves as the director of the Center for Parenting Research at KU. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in child and adolescent development. His research on families, parenting, and siblings has produced over 100 papers presented at conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Adolescence. His book on siblings titled “Sibling relationships in childhood and adolescence: Predictors and outcomes” was published in the summer of 2011 by Columbia University Press. He has been interviewed by local and national media about his work including stories in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, and Allure Magazine. Additionally, Avidan is a contributor to Psychology Today and The Huffington Post. He has been a guest expert on radio shows and podcasts including on Public Radio International's "The Takeaway" and on "At Issue with Ben Merens" on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Avidan was born in Canada and grew up in Latin America and the Middle East, a background which has imparted a broad multicultural perspective to his research and teaching. He is an avid soccer player and enjoys travel. He lives in PA and MD with his wife Ilana and children Liora, Tamar, Uzi, and Mati.