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A closer look at the evidence behind Family Man

Parents, especially dads, need proven parenting strategies known to work. Family Man is 100% backed by research–helping you keep cool during the worst meltdowns.


Fighting and breaking the rules are common with young kids. But if this keeps up, there can be serious consequences over time — including long-lasting behavioural and emotional problems. Family Man uses the latest parenting strategies that support happier homes and better mental health.

Research shows that these strategies:

  • Significantly reduce behavioural and emotional problems in kids
  • Increase your ability to positively handle challenging behaviours
  • Improve parental teamwork, stress levels and happiness


Around the world, the rates of dads participating in parenting programmes are low. Family Man treats parenting as a team sport, and more fathers being engaged benefits the whole family. Add in that 70% of childhood behaviour disorders are seen in boys, and it’s clear that more boys could use support from dads too.

By Dadds,
for dads

Professor Mark Dadds (yep, his real name!) is the mastermind behind Family Man. He’s spent decades researching parenting techniques that promote:

  • Happy and healthy children
  • Positively handling problems as a team
  • More dads getting involved

After working with hundreds of parents over the years, Mark’s gathered great insights for keeping the family out of the chaos zone.

Hear Mark’s take
on Family Man:

Meet our global
advisory team

We’ve worked with a global group of experts to ensure that Family Man is universal. Learn more about our masters of parenting below.

Director of the Child Behaviour Research Clinic, Principal Research Fellow of the NHMRC and Professor of Psychology at the University of Sydney.

Mark Dadds has developed and directed several national intervention programmes for children, youth, and their families, at risk for mental health problems. His expertise and interests focus on child and family mental health, parenting and family processes, prevention and early intervention for antisocial behaviour and mental health disorders. He has authored 4 books and over 280 papers on child and family psychology and has given invited keynote addresses and skills training workshops to international audiences throughout the world.

He has been National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, Director of Research for the Abused Child Trust of Queensland, Professor of Parenting Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and a recipient of several awards including an Early Career Award from the Division of Scientific Affairs of the Australian Psychological Society, the Ian Matthew Campbell Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychology, and Distinguished Career Award of the Australian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy.

Senior Researcher and Psychologist at the School of Psychology, University of Sydney.

Dr. Lucy Tully has more than 20 years of experience as a researcher and psychologist and has worked with hundreds of families to deliver evidence-based parenting programmes. She has authored more than 45 peer-reviewed journal articles about parenting and child mental health. She is passionate about supporting families, engaging fathers, increasing child mental health literacy, and improving children’s mental health and well-being.

Dr. Lucy Tully was the Project Manager for the /Like Father Like Son/Project that developed /ParentWorks/, the online parenting programmes on which /Family Man/ is based.

Professor of Child Health and Behaviour at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.

Stephen Scott works as a consultant psychiatrist in a team with 2 specialties, conduct problems and adoption & fostering. He is particularly keen on carrying out trials of parenting interventions to improve child outcomes. He is director of the National Academy for parenting research in London, England.

Stephen Scott is an author of the bestselling introductory textbook, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Goodman and Scott, 3rd edition) and an author and editor of the large, authoritative textbook, Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 2014 he was made a Commander of the British Empire by the Queen.

Professor of Psychology; B.C. Leadership Chair in Proactive Approaches to Reducing Risk for Violence among Children and Youth; and Director, Institute for the Reduction of Youth Violence; Simon Fraser University; and Senior Scientist, B.C. Children’s Hospital Research Institute, British Columbia, Canada.

Bob McMahon is a clinical child psychologist who has been involved in developing and evaluating parenting programmes for children with behaviour problems for more than 40 years. He has co-authored 3 books, co-edited another 15, and is the author of more than 240 scientific articles, chapters, and reviews.

Bob McMahon is a clinical child psychologist who has been involved in developing and evaluating parenting programmes for children with behaviour problems for more than 40 years. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and holder of a research chair focused on reducing youth violence at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.

Family Man (formerly Parentworks) was originally developed by the Like Father Like Son team at the University of Sydney, and is based on the parenting programme by Dadds and Hawes (2006) Integrated Family Intervention for Child Conduct Problems, published by Australian Academic Press.

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