About Us


Here at The Doctor and The Dad, we’re parents just like you, except that 1) your car is almost certainly cleaner than ours, and 2) we have the following stuff in our bios:

The Doctor
Amber Ankowski, PhD, teaches psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a focus on children’s language and cognitive development and methods for conducting psychological research. Her work has been published in academic journals including Child Development Research, Infant and Child Development, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

The Dad
Andy Ankowski is an award-winning advertising creative director who specializes in explaining complex products and services in simple – and often laugh-out-loud funny – ways. He studied creative writing at the University of Notre Dame, and once wrote 365 poems about onion bagels in a single year.

Together, we’ve found that the best way to raise our three young kids (without going insane) involves healthy doses of both child psychology understanding, and an unwavering sense of humor.

Thanks for hanging out with us.