About Tracy

Tracy Cassels is the primary writer for Evolutionary Parenting. She obtained her B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Developmental Psychology, also at the University of British Columbia, where she is studying how certain evolutionary factors affect children’s empathic behaviour. Tracy serves as an Adviser to the Children’s Health & Human Rights Partnership and previously worked at the Canadian Council on Learning, a non-profit agency dedicated to researching myriad elements of learning across the lifespan. Most importantly to her, though, she is a mother to daughter Madeleine (Maddy), stepson Desmond, and wife to husband Brian.

Surviving Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a normal, natural stage for babies, but that doesn't make it any easier on the caregiver. Here are some tips to help parents through this sometimes trying stage.

Guest Post: Some Days You Just Survive Parenthood

Some days you just need to survive. And sometimes you will be surprised by the people that help you survive.

Is Breastfeeding Pressure Causing Postpartum Depression?

Researchers in Australia are claiming their research shows breastfeeding pressure is causing postpartum depression in women, but is it? I take a full look at the research in question to see exactly what it does and does not tell us.

Guest Post: Your Brain in Birth? Labor from the neurological-physiological perspective of the mother

A guest post examining how our knowledge of neuroscience can help us better prepare for birth and understand the effects of various interventions and practices on our experience of birth.

Guest Post: Going Against the Tide of Mainstream Parenting

Going against the mainstream can be very hard, as mom and clinical counselor Fiona Griffin shares in her story of how she learned to find her own peaceful path in parenting.

Guest Post: How Unschoolers Learn

Guest Writer Emma Marie Forde, DClinPsych examines the way in which unschooling fosters learning.

Controlled Crying, Cortisol, and Attachment: A Critical Look

New research is making the rounds claiming that there are no negative effects to controlled crying, and the press is lapping it up. The question is: Does the claim hold up?

Guest Post: Baby-led Potty Training (Elimination Communication)

Lots of people find the idea of Elimination Communication overwhelming, but Jenn from Born Ready breaks it down to make it easier and less stressful for parents interested in taking on EC.

Stress and Extinction Sleep Training: It’s Not So Simple

When you talk about stress and sleep training, you often get two polarized views: Either the stress is so great it has to cause irreparable harm or it's fine or even beneficial. Yet neither really captures the whole story.