Brian is the son of a steelworker father and a factory worker mother who taught him the values of hard work and determination, and he became the first member of his family to graduate from college. He was born and raised in a small farm town where children were taught to honor our history, fight for what is right, and respect those with whom they disagree.
Brian attended Hillsdale College where he studied history and psychology along with topics such as political economy and the Constitution. After graduating, he attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned his doctorate in clinical psychology, specializing in the treatment of abused and neglected children. Later, after having established himself as a prolific researcher and a skilled clinician, the Penn State Children's Hospital asked him to establish a state-of-the-art treatment program for maltreated children. Brian jumped at the chance and the program he built from scratch is now an internationally recognized leader in the fight against child abuse. He continues in this work today as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Penn State College of Medicine.
Through his professional experiences, Brian has worked closely with children, adults, and families impacted by abuse and neglect, the opioid epidemic, mental illness, domestic and community violence, medical crises, and poverty. He has consulted with various law enforcement agencies and district attorneys, a multitude of schools and school districts, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Along the way he has worked effectively with people across the political spectrum and has garnered the respect of individuals from all walks of life.
Brian has been married for 12 years to his wonderful wife Kristen, who worked at the Port Hueneme Naval Base with the families of deployed servicemembers and as a school psychologist with a number of local school districts, including Harrisburg, Carlisle, and Cumberland Valley. Together, they are raising two strong and independent daughters who attend school in the CV district. On any given day you might find Brian attending or coaching his daughters' soccer practices and games, watching football and cheering on the Nittany Lions, or walking his two beloved rescue dogs. When he is not spending time with his family, Brian enjoys playing the guitar, reading books on American history (ask him about his personal favorites), and scuba diving. Brian and his family attend Camp Hill United Methodist Church.
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Recent NewsSaturday, May 22, 2021 12:43 PM
Brian Discusses the Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Bill
In response to multiple messages and questions, Brian provides his thoughts on the COVID-19 Anti-Asian Hate Crimes bill and the disingenuous or deliberately misleading statement from our representative, Scott Perry, on why he voted "NO." You can watch the video by clicking here.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 2:22 PM
"Are the Media Biased?" Brian Gives his Thoughts
A constituent recently asked Brian, "Do you agree that the mainstream media is biased?" Brian recorded his answer in his latest video discussion (7 minutes, 47 seconds). It is available on our YouTube channel, and you can watch it by clicking here.