Dr. Mary Ann Little is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice for over forty years. Both a wife and mother, she brings both personal and professional insights to her writing. After earning a B.A. from Smith College and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, she completed post-doctoral work in Piagetian psychology at the University of Geneva under the direction of Barbel Inhelder. She has been an adjunct professor in the departments of psychology and special education at the University of Texas at Dallas and is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Little is the author of the upcoming book, Stop Childhood Narcissism Now Before It’s Too Late: Raising Unselfish, Unentitled, Empathetic Children (Rowman & Littlefield), which will be released in Spring 2024. She has authored Loving Your Children Better: Matching Parenting Styles to the Age and Stage of Your Children; the Competent Kids Series, a series of seven book and chart systems; and Cooperation Station, an educational toy for kids and families. In addition, she has published two books for children with Sonya Bemporard, M.A., James Begins Childcare and Beginning Childcare, which were designed to help toddlers and preschoolers make successful transitions into and out of home care. These publications received the First Place Editor’s Choice Award from the National Association for the Education of Young Children for the best book/product for children. She also published “Foundations for Success in the Early School Years” with D. Kim Reid, Ph.D. This series of handouts for parents and teachers, based on an integrative review of the research with three-, four-, and five-year-olds, explains developmental strategies that maximize young children’s ability to learn and grow at home and school.
Dr. Little has been a consultant to the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, the Dallas Independent School District, Collin County Cooperative School, Scottish Rite Hospital and numerous other educational and psychiatric facilities. With her particular interests in children, family dynamics, parent/child relationships, and the role of mothers, it is fitting that she gave the keynote address for the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health several years ago. She frequently lectures to both lay and professional audiences.