The Montgomery Center for Research in Child and Adolescent Development

The mission of the Montgomery Center for Research in Child and Adolescent Development is to promote a better understanding of normal and abnormal child and adolescent development, with an emphasis on understanding the role of gender -- which means not only differences between female and male, but also variations among girls and among boys.

MCRCAD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, chartered in 2002. Part of the mission of MCRCAD is to promote gender awareness in K-12 education. “Promoting gender awareness” can take many forms, including – but by no means limited to – offering single-gender classrooms for those parents who prefer that format. More information on this point is available at our partner web site, the National Association for Choice in Education, 

The founder and director of MCRCAD is Leonard Sax MD PhD. More information about Dr. Sax is available at his personal web site,


For information about Dr. Sax’s workshop 
 boys adrift
please click HERE.



For information about Dr. Sax’s workshop
Beyond Resilience:

the UnFragile Girl
please click HERE.


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From 2009 through 2012, MCRCAD published Advances in Gender and Education (A.G.E.), a peer-reviewed journal. The first issue was published in October 2009; the second issue, in October 2010, the third and perhaps final issue, in October 2012. There are no plans for another issue at this time.

In the words of Senior Editor Professor Margaret Ferrara,

"The topics in the journal cover a wide range of subjects including educational theory, educational practice, and interactions between gender and race/ethnicity/SES in the classroom. The journal also opens the door for discussions on sex differences in physiology, psychology, sociology, art and culture, and historical perspectives on gender in education. Our hope is that a better understanding of gender influences and practices in our education initiatives will set the stage for expanding educational and cultural horizons, as well as breaking down gender stereotypes."

The third issue was distributed (in hard copy) to all attendees at the 8th International Conference on Single-Gender Education, October 2012 in Houston Texas. We plan to post PDFs of all articles from issue #3 at this site in the near future.

PDFs of all articles from issues #1 and #2 are available below.





A.G.E. #2

The second issue of A.G.E. (A.G.E. #2) was published in October 2010 and was distributed to all attendees at the 2010 NASSPE conference. You can purchase a hard copy by following the instructions at the bottom of the page., you can download individual articles from the second issue (as a PDF), simply by clicking on the links below:

Table of Contents for A.G.E. #2

Letter FROM the editor, Margaret Ferrara

Rachel Harjes, "Attitudes about gender and race"

Leonard Sax, "Sex differences in hearing: implications for the classroom"

Sameer Hamdan, "English-language textbooks reflect gender bias: a case study in Jordan"

Stephen L. Dreyfus, "A radical approach to rethinking gender"

Margaret Ferrara, "A chat on an airplane"

"'My vision became a reality': an interview with Beverly Hibbler"

Áine McCarthy, "On the brink of something beautiful"

A.G.E. #1 can download the complete first issue (29 pages) by clicking on this full text link. All downloads require use of the Adobe PDF Reader, which you can download at no charge at the Adobe download site.

If you prefer, you can download individual articles from the first issue:

Table of Contents for A.G.E. #1

From the Editor

From the Publisher

Caitlin Kelleher, "Barriers to programming engagement"

Jennifer Madigan, "The education of girls and women in the United States: a historical perspective"

Margaret Ferrara, "The student and the teacher: making a match in the single-gender classroom"

David Chadwell, "South Carolina: lessons from two years of a statewide initiative"

Annette Duncan and Amy Schmidt, "Building sisterhood and brotherhood in gender-specific classrooms"

Margaret Ferrara, "From the streets to the classroom: an interview with Roynell Young."

Back inside cover

You may also order the hard-copy, professionally printed and bound inaugural issue, which contains all the above articles printed on glossy paper, by writing to MCRCAD, 64 East Uwchlan Avenue, #259, Exton Pennsylvania 19341, and enclosing a check or money order for USD$20.00 ($16.00 per issue plus $4.00 shipping and handling). If you prefer to pay by credit card, please call us at 610 296 2821 between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Previous scholarly publications published under the auspices of MCRCAD

"Polyethylene Terephthalate May Yield Endocrine Disruptors", published in April 2010 by the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, which is the flagship journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the institutes comprising the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this paper, Dr. Sax calls attention to the risk that clear plastic bottles -- most commonly used for bottled water, sports drinks, and soda, as well as peanut butter, salad dressing and other condiments -- may be a source of endocrine disruptors such as DEHP and antimony which might adversely affect development in both girls and boys. You can read the full text of this paper (PDF) by clicking on "Polyethylene Terephthalate May Yield Endocrine Disruptors".

The Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD in Women.
The Female Patient, 29:29-34, November 2004.

Dietary phosphorus as a nutritional toxin: the influence of age and sex.
Invited chapter, in: Annual Reviews in Food & Nutrition (Victor Preedy, editor), Taylor & Francis Publishers, London, UK, 2003, Chapter 8, pp. 158-168.

Who First Suggests the Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? A survey of primary-care pediatricians, family physicians, and child psychiatrists
[with Kathleen J. Kautz RN, BSN]. Annals of Family Medicine, 2003, 1:171-174. Available online here.

What Was the Cause of Nietzsche's Dementia?
Journal of Medical Biography, Royal Medical Society, London, February 2003, 11:47-54. Available online here.

How Common Is Intersex?
The Journal of Sex Research, August 2002, 39(3):174-178.

More about MCRCAD

MCRCAD is a non-profit organization which the United States Internal Revenue Service has recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. If you'd like to learn more about the founding of MCRCAD in 2002, and the mission of MCRCAD, please read the article From the Publisher in the inaugural issue of A.G.E.

Contact Us

You may contact us via e-mail at mcrcad AT (replace "AT" with "@"; or via snail mail at 64 East Uwchlan Avenue, #259, Exton, Pennsylvania 19341; or via telephone at 610 296 2821 between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.