Joshua A. Krisch

Joshua A. Krisch is a science writer at Rockefeller University and former Science Editor for Fatherly. He produces videos and podcasts and has written for publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Scientist, Scientific American, and more.

Grief and Loss

The Death Of A Parent Affects Even Grown Children Psychologically And Physically

Grief is both real and measurable. Scientists now know that losing a parent changes us forever.

Birth Order

Why Firstborns Are Leaders And Only-Children Are Creative

Family size can change the structure of the brain in important ways.

Family Bonds

Brother, Sister, Rival, Friend: The Longstanding Effects Of Sibling Relationships

Siblings may have as powerful an effect on one another's lives as parents do.

Tech Time

Good Parenting Could Mitigate The Bad Effects Of Screen Time

Good parenting between screen time sessions may mitigate its negative impacts.


Is My Kid a Nerd? Psychologists Have a Scientific Answer for Parents.

The test in question is called the Nerdy Personality Attributes Scale, and it was developed to objectively quantify nerdiness.


Don’t Get Along With Your Mother-in-Law? You’re Not Alone.

But it's crucial to get past your in-law issues, for the sake of your kids.


The Father Effect, by the Numbers

The data behind dad and the substantial and positive impact they have on kids.


How Fatherhood Alters Male Biology

Men experience neurobiological and physiological changes to prime them for fatherhood— not unlike how women’s bodies prepare them for motherhood.


Young Potheads Become Pothead Parents

A new study suggests that, even though people cut back on marijuana when they become parents, many continue to take the occasional puff.


The Scientific Case For Masturbating (But Not All the Time)

Masturbating won't cause prostate cancer or harm your sperm count, studies have shown. But it might not make you happy either.


Republicans Have More Kids Than Democrats. A Lot More Kids.

Red States have more kids than Blue States. Maybe that’s why Republicans keep winning.


Why Scientists Measure Children’s Fear of Death

Psychologists have identified five major approaches to dealing with death. Here's how to figure out which one your kid is taking.


Diagnosing Depression in Young Kids is Harder, Incredibly Important

Experts agree that preschoolers are entirely capable of suffering from clinical depression. And that this depression is not always the result of abuse or neglect.


The Pros And Cons of Ebooks For Kids

In theory, ebooks should be a boon for kids. In practice, scientists suspect we may be losing something in translation


NASA Convinces Kids To Do Circuit Training Like Real Astronauts

NASA's Mission X sends physical education course materials to 104,000 students in 38 countries.


Take Your Child on a One-Hour Adventure Every Day

My toddler and I terrorize local shops for an hour every day after work.


Divorce and the Psychological Damage Done to Fathers

Divorced men drink and smoke more often; they engage in riskier sex, and are more likely to avoid doctor visits and die of preventable diseases.


Why Dad Might Need to Take Away Mom’s Coffee

Obesity risk and the caffeine intake of mothers are strongly correlated. And coffee doesn't mix well with pregnancy.


Are Sippy Cups Bad for Kids? Experts Weigh In

In moderation, sippy cups can be powerful tools that teach children independence and keep them hydrated. But there is some developmental risk.


How Does A Due Date Calculator Work?

Pregnancy due dates are notoriously unreliable. Here's how to calculate your due date, and what it means when that is way off from the gestational age.