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Meet Dr. Antonio M. Harrison of Renaisance Behavior in Pasadena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Antonio M. Harrison.

Dr. Harrison, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was raised in the City of Roses, Pasadena. Growing up, I was a strong student and a strong athlete. However, I had to grow up extremely fast when faced with the reality at a young age that my father was a victim of the crack epidemic in the 80’s in Los Angeles and spent a good portion of my life in and out of prison. Yet, my father and mother were always there for me and I became best friends with my Dad. He showed me what it was to be a man and a great Dad but also showed me, through his actions and choices, what not to be. His level of honesty, trust, and respect helped create a great bond and a solid foundation. I ended up receiving an academic scholarship to Grinnell College in Iowa and was a 4-year starter as an NCAA football player. A brutal knee injury my senior year ended my two-decade span as an athlete where a year in a half of rehab was required to learn to walk and run again. Two years after undergrad, I decided to go back to school and earn a Masters and Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis.

Today, I have many roles I fulfill. I am a husband; a father of three boys ages 8, 5, and 3; a behavior scientist who is state board certified at the doctorate level and published in a scientific journal; a graduate school professor; a high school football coach (was head coach for a varsity program for six years and now a Defensive Coordinator at the Varsity level for a different high school for the last two years); co-host and producer of a podcast called 230dudes (www.230dudes.com), we consider ourselves the teachers you wish you had; own my own business (Renaissance Behavior LLC) that has finally found its niche and will debut a new podcast (Docs Daily Dose for Dads, set to debut on the website www.rebirthbx.com, Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music on 03/26/2018 as well as all social media platforms, a video streaming channel, blogs, photography, workshops, public speaking talks and one-on-one work with clients.

When I was in second grade, I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my response was 1) a great Dad and 2) a professional athlete. I had my run as an athlete and now am taking on the task of a wonderful Dad. With my experiences growing up and the education and knowledge I have acquired, my passion for being a Dad, creativity and the educational background of the science of human behavior are colliding for explosive content. Renaissance Behavior LLC (www.rebirthbx.com) is where the science of human behavior meets the art of living. My primary goal is to provide fathers with a source of content to help build, foster and maintain great relationships with their children, with an emphasis on father/Son relationships. There are many projects surrounding this mission in the works.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road is never smooth. If it were, it wouldn’t be worth it. The biggest obstacles and struggles faced along the way were the ability to navigate my journey. I have a ton of passions, interest, and ideas. This is a great problem to have but can lead to a lot of experimentation and a lack of laser focus on any one destination in the journey. It took a while to figure out exactly where I fit and where my skills intersect with my passion. When I stopped trying to discover my passions and instead tried all the things I am interested in, my passion found me. The funny thing is the universe brought it back full circle to my response to that second-grade question. So, I am thankful for these obstacles as they have to lead me to my current space and never-ending search for the answer to the philosophical question of ‘Who Am I’?

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Renaisance Behavior LLC – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Renaissance Behavior LLC is focused on fostering, building and maintaining Father and Son relationships in a healthy manner based on honesty, respect and trust. We host a podcast and video stream called Doc’s Daily Dose for Dads debuting 03/26/2018. I also provide one-on-one services for parents, give group lectures and talks, and workshops. We have many other creative endeavors in the works including a book, a theatrical performance, photography projects and community events.

What sets Renaissance Behavior apart is the specialization in father/son relationships backed by experience, my own as a son in a turbulent childhood and as a father of 3 boys, as well as the education on human behavior as a Ph.D. to support this specialization. Lastly, I am real. I know that the work done does not guarantee any specific outcomes in the relationships or the future of your child(ren) and I understand that some of the advice provided by experts are either outdated, not feasible in a practical sense, and out of touch with the current generation of new parents. But my approaches do get results and lead to better relationships, stronger parental skills as a Father based in love and communication, and improved quality of life and self. Many times we think it is the child who needs to change but they are simply responding to what is provided to them. If we change our approach as parents, the children will follow given the new and better opportunities. I am straight forward, brutally honest and provide practical and effective approaches for being the best Dad you can possibly be to your children.

With all of the things I do and then to add in the educational background and the physical appearance of a former athlete with full arm sleeves of tattoos, it lets people know they are in for a unique experience when working with me, listening to the shows or hearing one of the talks.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I love best about Los Angeles is the eclectic culture. Everything from the food, to the history, to the entertainment, to the architecture is rich and diverse. I am always amazed at the depth, talent and layers of Los Angeles.

What I like least is the lack of solutions provided and the apathy with respect to the homeless epidemic. I once did a podcast that brought us to the doorsteps of Skid Row. There are so many families and people that need our help, understanding and simply need to be made visible. We could be doing more individually and collectively as a community to address this issue.

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