A New Book From Dr. Karyn Purvis

We’re thrilled to announce the release of a new book for parents of children from hard places, co-authored by Dr. Karyn Purvis, the Institute’s late Founder and Director.

This book is Dr. Purvis’s last written work, and we at the Institute are overjoyed that families will continue to benefit from her words and wisdom.

The press release below describes the book’s format and content: 


Announcing the release of a new book for parents of children from hard places written by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Lisa Qualls with Emmelie Pickett.

Dr. Karyn Purvis, best-selling author and world-renowned developmental psychologist, shares insights from decades of research and explains the changes in the brains and bodies of children from “hard places” of abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. She provides parenting tools that promote attachment and healing from her evidence-based therapeutic model, Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). These science-based, practical methods can be adapted by anyone who loves and serves vulnerable children.  

Lisa Qualls, author of the blog One Thankful Mom and co-founder of The Adoption Connection resource site,  shares her experiences as a therapeutic parent who strives daily to build trust and connection with her children. As the mother of twelve children by birth and adoption, Lisa draws from her wealth of real-life stories – the successes and the failures – of using these techniques to parent her children.

In a story-rich format, each chapter includes Lisa’s personal experiences coupled with Dr. Purvis’s research-based findings. Together the authors give concrete tools to parents desiring to build trust-based relationships with their children.

Dr. Purvis and Lisa collaborated for many years on writing the book and finished much of  its content in the months leading up to Dr. Purvis’s death in 2016. In 2017, Dr. Purvis’s longtime colleague, Emmelie Pickett, joined the project to finish the manuscript. Emmelie is the Media Specialist at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, where Dr. Purvis’s work continues to flourish.

The book is due to be released by Harvest House in May 2020.


We look forward to sharing more information as the book nears publication.

7 Responses to “A New Book From Dr. Karyn Purvis”

  1. Sarah

    Can’t wait for this book! I would love to be on the launch team if you do one!!

  2. Tasha Martin

    My family has been blessed/saved by TBRI! I can’t wait to read this book! Everyone needs to read it!

  3. Crystal Abbe

    I look forward to the book launch and would love to explore having an event in Des Moines, Iowa

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