The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide

Dr. Crystal Collier offers a validated neurodevelopmental approach to help parents raise their kids to refrain from engaging in high-risk behaviors. In the guide, Dr. Collier shows what healthy brain development looks like, how risky behaviors can derail that trajectory, and how to keep development on track. The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide puts at parents’ fingertips the developmentally appropriate prevention science they need to set children up for success from elementary school to college. Illustrated in a fun, infographic style, Dr. Collier’s guide is the winner of the 17th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards for best interior design and finalist for the year’s best educational book!


Inside The Guide

The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide includes tools, activities, contracts and scripted talks for 18 high-risk behavior topics, such as alcohol, marijuana, other illicit drugs, technology overuse, vaping and e-cigarettes, pornography, body image and eating issues, self-injury, suicide, dating violence, risky sexual behavior and more. The Guide gives parents the scientific basis for setting healthy boundaries and limits regarding the many risky behaviors faced by today’s youth, and what those limits should look like at each phase of brain development. This is the practical information parents, teachers and counselors need to be ‘Brain-Savvy’ — to know what prevention measures to take, and when — to help kids make healthy choices for life.

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Know Your Neuro Prevention Program

Prevention works if done consistently! Check out Dr. Collier’s prevention website,, based on the research in The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide. Know Your Neuro puts brain-based, social-emotional, and prevention skills training right in the hands of schools and caregivers. Designed to be integrated into a school’s health or homeroom curriculum, Know Your Neuro videos and class activities can be easily integrated and tailored to fit the developmental needs of K-12 youth.

Know Your Neuro Children’s Books

Go on an adventure with Neuro to teach children about their growing brain! Parents, caregivers, teachers and kids will have fun and connect while learning what the brain does and how to keep it strong by growing skills. Each book comes in a developmentally appropriate version for children age 4 to 11 in grades K-2 or G3-5.

The Know Your Neuro series is designed to inspire children to grow executive function skills and protect their developing brain from high-risk behavior. Watch out for new adventures from Neuro!

About The Author

Crystal Collier, PhD, herself a person in long-term recovery, is a therapist and educator who has been working with adolescents and adults suffering from mental illness, behavioral problems and substance use disorders since 1991. Her area of expertise includes adolescent brain development, prevention programming, parent coaching, addiction, family-of-origin work, and training new clinicians.

Dr. Collier’s comprehensive prevention model, which teaches the neurodevelopmental effects of risky behavior to children, teens, teachers and parents, was selected for the 2015 Prevention and Education Commendation from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. In 2018, she received the Torch Bearer Award for her work in the field of addiction from the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. In the same year, The Hope and Healing Center and Institute in Houston, TX, granted Dr. Collier a research fellowship to support the completion of The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide. In 2019, she received the Outstanding Research Award from the Association of Alternative Peer Groups and was acknowledged as Counselor of the Year by the Houston Counseling Association.

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Resources for Audible Customers

If you’d like to see the resources mentioned in the Audible version of The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide, please use the button on the right. These activities and resources will help protect your child/teen’s brain development and equip them to avoid high-risk behaviors.