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Ken R. Canfield
President & Founder
National Center for Fathering

Ken Canfield is president and founder of the National Center for Fathering, a Kansas City-based nonprofit education and research center dedicated to inspiring and equipping men to be responsible fathers. A research scholar specializing in the area of fatherhood and the history of the family, he serves as a consultant to state and local community officials on ways to engage and equip fathers in local programming. In addition to his work with the National Center for Fathering, he is one of the founding members of Vice President Gore's “Father to Father” initiative.

Dr. Canfield is the author of books and magazine articles on fathering skills and research, including the award-winning 1992 Seven Secrets of Effective Fathers, and has been interviewed on numerous television and radio programs about his work. In conjunction with a number of scholars, he developed the Personal Fathering Profile, one of the largest ongoing databases on fathering in the country and a tool for men to inventory their strengths and opportunities as fathers.

Dr. Canfield received his bachelor's degree from Friends University in Kansas, an M.C.S. degree from the University of British Columbia – Regent College, and his Ph.D. in education from Kansas State University. In 1993 the National Congress for Men and Children awarded Father of the Year to Dr. Canfield.

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