Spencer A. Rathus is known for his warm, encouraging writing style, and applied approach to learning. As the first member of his family to attend college, he struggled through dry and technical books that didn't resonate with him. His goal is to write textbooks that excite and motivate today's students, through humor, personal examples, and a clear pedagogical framework. Watching his own four children grow and develop has provided Spence with first-hand experience in child development. In addition to his personal familiarity with this subject area, he has published more than twenty research articles in the areas of human growth and development, psychological disorders, methods of therapy, and psychological assessment since earning his Ph.D. in 1972. Foremost among his research publications is the RATHUS ASSERTIVENESS SCHEDULE (RAS), which is widely used in research and clinical practice, and which has been referenced frequently in other literature. Rathus taught at Northeastern University and St. John's University before arriving at his current position at New York University, where he teaches a culturally diverse population of students in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.Rathus, Spencer A. is the author of 'Psychology Concepts And Connections, Brief', published 2006 under ISBN 9780495092742 and ISBN 0495092746.