Tracy Cassels is the founder and primary writer for Evolutionary Parenting. She obtained her B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She recently finished her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, also at the University of British Columbia, where she both studied how certain evolutionary factors affect children’s empathic behaviour and critically evaluated our assessment of theory of mind in children. Her academic works have been published in many peer-reviewed journals including Psychological Assessment, PLoS One, Personality and Individual Differences, Midwifery, and more.
In addition to writing, Tracy works one-on-one with families around the world to help them during periods of crisis in parenting. Tracy uses a framework based on biological development, gentle parenting, and current scientific knowledge when helping families to deal with issues such as sleep guidance, child anxiety, daycare transitions, weaning, and more. You can read more about the philosophy behind these consultations on Evolutionary Parenting.
In addition to her work as consultant and writer, Tracy serves as an Adviser to the Children’s Health & Human Rights Partnership, a non-profit agency dedicated to ending routine infant circumcision. She previously worked at the Canadian Council on Learning, a non-profit agency dedicated to researching myriad elements of learning across the lifespan, where her role was to critically analyse educational research to help form policy decisions at local school board and provincial government levels. Most importantly to her, though, she is a mother to daughter Madeleine (Maddy, age 5), son Theodore (Theo, age baby), stepson Desmond, and wife to husband Brian.