Ann Pleshette Murphy

Ann Pleshette Murphy is a Parenting Educator and Counselor, a publishing consultant, and an editor and writer. Ms. Pleschette previously served on ZERO TO THREE's Board of Directors as President and Immediate Past President.

Ann Pleshette Murphy

Parenting Educator and Counselor

Contributions to the Field

Ms. Pleshette Murphy was the parenting contributor for “Good Morning America” from 1998 to 2010. In 2007, Ms. Pleshette Murphy joined the ABC digital network, ABC NOW, as the host of “Parenting Perspectives with Ann Pleshette Murphy,” airing weekly. From 1988 to 2002, she served as editor-in-chief and a contributing editor to Parents magazine. Currently residing in London with her husband, Steven Murphy, Ms. Pleshette Murphy runs parenting seminars and offers private sessions for parents and caregivers. A sought-after speaker, she has keynoted many large events and spoken at dozens of schools, philanthropic meetings, and small businesses.


  • Former board chair, The Greyston Foundation
  • Former board member, The Tavistock Center for Couple Relationships

Recent Honors/Awards/Recognition/Books Published

Ms. Pleshette Murphy is the author of The 7 Stages of Motherhood: Loving Your Life Without Losing Your Mind (Knopf), which includes themes of striking a balance between work and family, wrestling with guilt, and setting loving limits. Her book Child’s Play: The Secret to Raising Happy, Healthy, Caring Kids from Birth to 10 was published by DK Publishing in November, 2008. Ms. Pleshette Murphy is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in psychology. She also holds a master’s degree in psychology/child development from New York University.