Positive tools for thriving families.

Author Bio

An expert in child development, parenting, and related mental health issues, Dr. Azmaira Maker has over 20 years of experience as a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Maker has served as an expert consultant, clinician, presenter, and author across the country. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Vassar College, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Michigan, and she completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Hospital, Dept. of Psychiatry. She has taught and supervised undergraduate and graduate students, and has published professional articles in scientific, peer-reviewed journals.

A private practitioner, Dr. Maker specializes in child development, parenting, assessments, and psychotherapy.  She currently resides in San Diego, CA with her family. Family Changes is her first book, for which she has won multiple awards. Dr. Maker is currently working on her other books on pregnancy loss, children’s social anxiety, explaining IVF to children, helping children cope with trauma, and differences in children.

In the News

  •  Donovan, CA BookWatch praises Where Did My Friend Go? “No other picture book provides this perspective, making Where Did My Friend Go? a top recommendation that should be in any library offering emotional support tools for adults working with kids“.
  • The Kathryn Zox Show on Voice America interviews Dr. Maker on her new book, Where Did My Friend Go?, with a discussion on how to help kids cope with a traumatic death.
  • Donna Seebo (June 8th 2017, show # 826) interviews Dr. Maker on helping children cope with a traumatic death and her new book, Where Did My Friend Go?
  • The Awesome Muse publishes Dr. Maker’s article on helping children cope with a traumatic death, along with details of her new book, Where Did My Friend Go?
  • Dr. Maker discusses teen suicide in the San Diego Union Tribune.
  • Dad’s Spotlight interviews Dr. Maker about her new book Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope With A Traumatic Death.
  •  The Next Chapter praises Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children as an outstanding new book.
  • The Child Centered Divorce Network interviews Dr. Maker on tips and tools to navigate divorce tug-of-wars in positive ways.
  • The Family Psychologist, Fall 2016 (American Psychological Association) interviews Dr. Maker on her new upcoming book, Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope With A Traumatic Death. The Family Psychologist interviews Dr. Maker on Where Did My Friend Go?
  • Dr. Maker discusses raising children in interfaith marriages in The Chicago Tribune.
  • The Chicago Tribune speaks to Dr. Maker as an expert about children’s anxiety and fears about racism and terrorism.
  • Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children receives an excellent review in The Examiner.
  • Dr. Maker’s article, Managing Your Divorce At Work: Tools To Stay Focused And Productive, is featured in Human Talent Network.
  • NEPA Family Magazine features Dr. Maker’s article on guidelines for navigating divorce during the holiday season.
  • The Midwest Book Review highly recommends Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children for parents and all libraries.
  • 92130 Magazine praises Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children and highlights Dr. Maker’s expertise as a psychologist, consultant, and speaker on topics of divorce, school and learning issues, child development, and loss.
  • The Del Mar Times/Carmel Valley News endorses Dr. Maker and Family Changes as an exceptional resource for divorcing families, therapists, and advocates working with children of divorce.
  • Family Changes:  Explaining Divorce to Children receives high praise in BabySpot, CA.
  • Macaroni Kid highly recommends Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children to divorcing families and other adults who are helping children with divorce.
  • Dr. Maker provides effective tips and tools in her article Explaining Divorce to Young Children published in Thrive Magazine.
  • Family Changes:  Explaining Divorce to Children is highly recommended in Counseling Today Book Releases August 2015.
  • The Littlest Bookshelf strongly endorses Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children as a must read for divorcing families with young children.
  • Urban Family interviews Dr. Maker for expert advice on what happens when friends divorce.
  • CA Bookwatch and  Donovan’s Literary Reviews provides an excellent review and recommendation for Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children. 
  • Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children receives high praise and an excellent review from Flourish Magazine.
  • Book Marketing Buzz Blog  interviews Dr. Maker to provide expert advice to parents divorcing with young children, and to explain the purpose and effectiveness of her book Family Changes:  Explaining Divorce to Children.
  • Family Changes:  Explaining Divorce to Children is featured in L.A. Splash Magazine and listed in the L.A. Splash Magazine Book Gift Guide for 2015.
  • Dr. Maker provides expert advice on friendships and relationships in Glamour Magazine.
  • ZestNow Magazine praises and promotes Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children.
  • Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children featured on The Jen List, Wednesday.

On the Radio

Dad Spotlight features Dr. Azmaira Maker, and Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children

Dr. Maker shared her thoughts on discussing divorce with your children on It’s Your Community Radio. Listen Here.

Listen to Dr. Maker’s interview with Mandy Walker on Web Talk Radio. Conversations About Divorce – How Do You Tell Your Children About Your Divorce?

Press Kit

Author Photograph (downloadable, high resolution jpeg)
High Resolution Book Cover (downloadable pdf)

Press Releases:
Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D. – Interviews Press Release – June 2015
Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children – Press Release – June 2015

  • Exceptional, impressive, thoroughly 'kid friendly' from beginning to end, "Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children" should be a part of every community library Parenting Studies collections. For families with young children who are having to deal with divorce, "Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children" will prove to be an invaluable and instructive aid.

    Editor in Chief - Midwest Book Review

  • Those of us parenting, working with, or caring for children experiencing divorce will welcome Family Changes as a unique, positive, and creative resource for helping children understand and cope with this complicated transition. The comprehensive note to adults effectively explains how children work through painful questions and feelings. The touching story—with the endearing Zoey and her attempt to understand a very grown up topic—ends with extremely helpful follow up questions that will be highly valued by parents, child advocates, therapists, and others who wish to better serve children during this difficult time. I highly recommend this book to parents and professionals.

    Sacha Coupet, Ph.D., J.D. Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Family Law, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

  • Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children is an outstanding book that is gentle, positive, and validating for both children and adults. With an excellent and informative parent guide about the value of talking to children about their feelings, a highly sensitive and engaging story with exquisite illustrations, and an effective list of questions that children typically ask, this book is essential reading for divorcing families, and for therapists and advocates working with children of divorce.

    Sandra A. Graham-Bermann, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Michigan

  • Family Changes is an inspiring and exceptional book on divorce. It explains divorce in a developmentally appropriate and comforting language that validates children's complex feelings about divorce. Dr. Maker's expertise and years of experience working with children who are coping with the grief and confusion that often accompany divorce shine through in every page. I highly recommend this book to divorcing parents, schools, libraries, and professionals working with children of divorce.

    Martha Crowe, M.A. Child Development, Institute for Public Health, San Diego State University, CA

  • Dr. Maker has brought us this excellent child-centric educational book about how to navigate the changes of a family undergoing divorce. Dr. Maker takes us through this experience from the child's point of view and shares the gift of positive transformation that can occur during this life-changing time. The illustrations are sublime and the topic is handled so gently and ingeniously. Of course, it is written by a child psychologist with the gift of creativity. It's a book that every child therapist, library, school, and families going through a divorce should have on their shelves.

    Krista Royabal, M.D., Psychiatrist, Executive Medical Director, True Life Center for Wellbeing, CA

  • Based on the typical emotional turbulence a child feels from separation or divorce, Family Changes receives high recommendation as the first title that adults should turn to in the effort to explain, explore, and support a child's feelings in the matter, concluding with a list of 'process questions' which adults can use to further enhance the story line's overall approach.

    CA Bookwatch/Donovan’s Literary Services/Recommended Reading

  • The story touches on several key issues that children worry about - will their parents still love them, will they have two homes now, did they somehow cause the divorce, etc. The book also opens with a straightforward Note to Adults and ends with a list of questions that adults can discuss with children. Often books that do a good job of explaining divorce and separation are so focused on the child's point-of-view, that they don't offer any advice for the parents, caregivers, and teachers that are trying to help the child makes sense of it all. Family Changes avoids that problem and gives good guidelines for adults. I would recommend this book to parents and other family members, educators, and counselors.

    NetGalley Reviews/The Fairview Review - Librarian

  • This story is filled with little moments that reflect the nature of children perfectly. If you need to explain what it means to be divorced or separated to your child then this is one of the best ways to do that. The book is filled with relatable emotions and questions that a lot of children will have if their family is going through a separation. Dr. Maker’s years of experience are evident in the story as she masterfully addresses many common concerns for children experiencing a divorce in their family.

    The Littlest Bookshelf