“I believe every stepfamily has a story worth telling.”
Dr. Max Price, a licensed Psychologist, was born in Western Oklahoma City on 1937. He and his wife, Geri Price, were married in 1960. Geri has been his best technical editor for the four books and numerous articles he has written. They have two beautiful children, Tracey and Todd, who are successful in their families and careers. Max’s seven grandchildren live in United States and in Budapest Hungary.
Aside from writing, Max’s hobby includes gardening and running. He is a lifelong distance runner. He has lettered in cross country and track at Oklahoma Baptist University on 1957-59; and was an All-American finisher in NAIA Cross Country in 1958. He’d completed 6 Marathons; numerous half marathons, local 5k and 10k races, and senior track meets. He’s also an active member in their Baptist church in Oklahoma City as lay minister and religious education teacher.
Life and Career
Dr. Max Price’s mother, Lois Price, grew up in a blended family. Lois’ mother died when she was still 6 years old. Her stepmother was a hardworking farmer’s wife. There were ten siblings; biological and stepsiblings. Despite their situation, they were happy and have come to build a strong bond with each other regardless of blood difference. All the siblings accepted that they were one family and they reacted strongly if anyone spoke of the Gambrell children as consisting of two sets of children. Max has been influenced by growing up as a member of a large stepfamily and saw how his mom had emotional problems and insecurities as results from loss of a parent and from the changes the family went through.
When Max finished his Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology in 1959, he took up Master of Divinity major in Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and Master of Education major in Guidance and Counseling at the University of Oklahoma. In 1975, He received his Ph.D in Counseling Psychology, then his license in Clinical Psychology two years after. While he’s working for Oklahoma Health Care Authority as a Psychologist handling adults with developmental disabilities, he’s got a part-time private practice as a clinical psychologist in Oklahoma City and his clients include children of divorce and/or stepfamilies.
Dr. Max Price is also a successful author. All his writings were inspired from his career as a psychologist who engages with different types of people that need psychological attention especially those who come from a divorce and stepfamily situation; and from his upbringing as a member of a large stepfamily. He published four books: Blending Families: The Honeymoon Comes Later, Understanding Today’s Children (1983), A Guide to Children Therapy (2001), Help! I Teach Children’s Sunday School (2003), and Helping Children Cope.
He spent 25 years conducting seminars, workshops, being a speaker/ trainer in nine states; and is a member of American Psychological Association (APA) and Oklahoma Psychological Association (OPA). Despite his hectic lifestyle, Dr. Max Price still able to spend an ample amount of time for his wife and their children, making their family relationship even stronger.