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Co-wrote "Born in Cambridge" for MIT Press, published May 2022 on the history of Cambridge, Mass. 

Also helped Harvard doctors write two books and three e-books, focused on autism, adult ADHD, childhood temper tantrums, micro aggressions and global public health.

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Born in Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts is a city of “firsts”: the first college in the English colonies, the first two-way long-distance call, the first legal same-sex marriage. In 1632, Anne Bradstreet, living in what is now Harvard Square, wrote one of the first published poems in British North America, and in 1959, Cambridge-based Carter's Ink marketed the first yellow Hi-liter. W.E.B. Du Bois, Julia Child, Yo-Yo Ma, and Noam Chomsky all lived or worked in Cambridge at various points in their lives. Born in Cambridge tells these stories and many others, chronicling cultural icons, influential ideas, and world-changing innovations. Nearly 200 illustrations connect stories to Cambridge locations.

Cambridge has not only a genius for invention but also a genius for reinvention, and authors Karen Weintraub and Michael Kuchta consider larger lessons from Cambridge's success stories—about urbanism, the roots of innovation, and nurturing the next generation of good ideas.

FAST MINDS: How to Thrive if you have ADHD (Or Think You Might)

FAST MINDS is an acronym for common symptoms that are often seen in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Millions of adults have ADHD or some of its traits, but they are under-recognized, under-treated, and often under-supported. This book empowers people with ADHD, or some of its characteristics, to adapt and thrive. By working through the program in this book, you will develop personalized strategies to take control of your life.

Forgetful. Achieving below potential. Stuck in a rut. Time challenged. Motivationally challenged. Impulsive. Novelty seeking. Distractible. Scattered. If any or all of these symptoms are making it difficult for you—or someone you know—to live life to the fullest, then the clinically proven, cutting-edge program in this book will help you understand your struggles and challenges.


Whether you have been diagnosed with ADHD, think you may have it, or just exhibit many of these traits, FAST MINDS will help you: Figure out what isn’t working in your life, and the keys to fixing it; Build personalized strategies for managing your time, tasks, and relationships; Create environments that support your challenges.


With inspiring stories of real people who have adapted and thrived using the methods in this book, FAST MINDS will help you create the kind of life you want to live.


This book was empowering from page one to the last, and I found myself asking the book itself where it has been the past thirty years when I needed it most. With checklists, questions, and a plethora of information, this book is a must have for all parents, educators, and therapists alike. - Kim Heimbuch, San Francisco Book Review

"Fast Minds delivers!  A concise, practical, easy-to-read, yet sophisticated guide to what will help you most if you have ADHD.  This book has the virtues of brevity and simplicity without losing the authority and power its roots in evidence and research provide.  A superb book.”—Edward Hallowell, M.D., coauthor of Driven to Distraction

The very fact that I read an entire 350-page book in the course of several days is actually the highest praise I can give (99% of books are never even half-finished in my world). The authors are engaging and you immediately know that THEY know what your life is like and the problems you have (as opposed to a dry 'How to fix your ADHD' textbook). While most self-help authors have a novel "key" that they've "discovered" to "cure" your problem, these authors offer multiple pragmatic remedies and techniques for you to try and choose, all based on the latest studies of ADHD patients. This is a thorough, comprehensive guide to help you, not a brief overview of ADHD nor a gimmicky pop psychology book. – D. Graves,

This book is a must read, not only for people who have ADHD, but for family members who are trying to understand and help their loved ones. It offers practical, contemporary advice and it also has a very comforting, reassuring style that makes you realize you are not alone with your struggles. – Joanne,

After years of treating patients and analyzing scientific data, prominent Harvard researcher and clinician Dr. Martha Herbert offers a revolutionary new view of autism and a transformative strategy for dealing with it. Autism is not a hardwired impairment programmed into a child’s genes and destined to remain fixed forever, as we’re often told. Instead, it is the result of a cascade of events, many seemingly minor: perhaps a genetic mutation, some toxic exposures, a stressful birth, a vitamin deficiency, and a series of infections. And while other doctors may dismiss your child’s physical symptoms—the diarrhea, anxiety, sensory overload, sleeplessness, immune challenges, and seizures—as coincidental or irrelevant, Dr. Herbert sees them as vital clues to what the underlying problems are, and how to help. Drawing from the newest research, technologies, and insights, as well as inspiring case studies of both children and adults, Dr. Herbert guides you toward restoring health and resiliency in your loved one with autism. A paradigm-changing book that offers hope and healing for the millions of families who have autism in their lives, The Autism Revolution shows that there’s plenty you can do every day to give someone you love the best possible gift: a life lived to the fullest potential.


The Autism Revolution



“Essential reading for learning more about sensible biomedical treatments.”—Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Way I See It


“Written by a brilliant scientist in easy-to-understand language, The Autism Revolution gives parents two life-changing gifts. First is the gift of realistic hope; the second is the gift of knowledge. Drawing upon her vast knowledge of research and an eclectic array of approaches, Dr. Herbert helps parents understand their child in a new, holistic way, sending them on a journey of exploration and opportunity.”—John L. Martin, director, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities


“The Autism Revolution is a remarkable book. Complex evidence is summarized in easy-to-read prose, and practical advice is sprinkled throughout the book.”—Richard J. Davidson, William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, and founder and chair, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison



5-star Amazon reviews:

Simply Excellent! A bridge between the “what” and the “why” March 31, 2012 - By my_1_point_five_cents



This is the best book I've ever read about autism. It's readable, factually accurate, optimistic--it's the book I think everyone in the autism community should read. March 27, 2012 By Jane B. Johnson


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