Brief Bio

About Dr. Denny Coates


Through speaking and writing, Dr. Denny Coates’ work is to give science-based information about adolescent brain development to parents and family professionals, so they can help young people wire their prefrontal cortex for executive/critical thinking skills to help avoid the perils of growing up and achieve optimum intellectual capacity for adult life. As CEO of Performance Support Systems, Inc., Dr. Coates has created award-winning brain-based programs and resources for parents, leaders and teams for over 30 years. He lives and works near San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Kathleen Scott, who is a free-lance travel and lifestyle writer. His two grown sons are pursuing successful careers in information technology.

A graduate of West Point (1967), he retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1987. He earned his Ph.D. from Duke University (1977) and served on the faculties of the United States Military Academy, the Armed Forces Staff College, the College of William and Mary, Thomas Nelson Community College, and the Center for Creative Leadership. A recognized parenting, learning and development thought leader, his new book is How Your Teen Can Grow a Smarter Brain.

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