Dr. Stephen J. Bavolek

Author of our inventory assessments.

Dr. Stephen Bavolek is a recognized leader in the fields of child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment, and parenting education. He is the principal author of the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI) and the Nurturing Parenting Programs.


Born and raised in Chicago, Dr.Bavolek’s professional background includes working with children and teens with emotional problems in schools and residential settings, and abused children and abusive parents in treatment programs. Dr Bavolek has conducted extensive research in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.


He received his doctorate in 1978 from Utah State University and completed a post doctorate at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Denver, Colorado. He has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Utah.


He has published numerous books, and DVDs and conducted hundreds of workshops for the past 35 years. He is also founder and CEO of the Family Nurturing Centers, Inc. International, a not-for-profit organization. Both the Family Nurturing Centers and Family Development Resources are dedicated to the mission of empowering communities throughout the world to help families experience the success of living a life free from physical, verbal and emotional abuse and neglect.


Dr. Bavolek has won numerous local, state, national and international awards for his work including induction in 1989 into the Royal Guild of the International Social Work Roundtable in Vienna, Austria.In 1983 he was selected as Teacher of the Year at UW-Eau Claire, and that same year was selected by Phi Delat Kappa as one of 75 educators in the country who represent the best in educational leadership, research and services.

Purple Heart

Dr. Bavolek was Mental Health Professional of the Year in Northern Wisconsin in 1985, and Child Advocate of the Year in Utah in 1991. In 1980, he was recognized by the Military Order of the Purple Heart for outstanding research and services to the handicapped. He was given the keys to the city of Lynchburg, VA in 2005, and Knoxville TN in 1989 for services to their communities. He was also the recipient in 2005 of the Frida G. Shapira Friend of the Family Award, Pittsburgh, PA.