RON L. DEAL is founder and president of Smart Stepfamilies™ (www.SmartStepfamilies.com) and director of FamilyLife Blended™ (www.familylife.com/blended), a division of FamilyLife®. He is a family therapist and conference speaker specializing in marriage enrichment and stepfamily education. His top selling books and online articles make him one of the most widely read and referenced authors on stepfamilies in the world.
Ron is author of the Amazon bestselling books The Smart Stepfamily, The Smart Stepfamily Small Group Resource DVD and Participant Guide, The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), and The Smart Stepfamily Marriage (with Dr. David Olson, formerly titled The Remarriage Checkup), which is based on the largest survey of remarriage strengths ever conducted. He is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center and is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor.
Ron has extensive experience with the media. He has appeared on dozens of national radio and TV broadcasts in the UK, Canada, Australia, and the US, including Fox News, ABC Nightline, WGN-TV News, FamilyLife Today®, Family Talk, and Focus on the Family. His work with stepfamilies has been referenced by ABC News.com, New York Daily News, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Ladies Home Journal, and newspapers/blogs throughout the world and his daily one-minute radio feature FamilyLife Blended can be heard online and on radio outlets around the US.
He and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys. Find resources and conference information at www.SmartStepfamilies.com and www.FamilyLife.com/blended.