Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Adjunct Professor


Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, is a parent coach, speaker, bestselling author, and founder of the Diversity in Parenting Conference who helps parents and children communicate with each other, manage emotional trauma, navigate social media and technology together, and develop healthy parent-child relationships.

Over the course of her career, she has worked with adoptive families, foster families, teen parents, parents navigating the child protective services system, and children living with mental illness. She started the #EndParentShaming movement as well as coined the term “shame-proof parenting”—using both to bring awareness to ending parent shame. She is a leading parenting expert and has an amazing following on social media that allows her to reach the hearts of thousands of parents who feel heard and seen on their parenting journey.

She has been featured on The Huffington Post, CBS LA, and Kids in the House and in U.S. News & Report, Woman’s Day, and L.A. Parent Magazine. She seeks to empower parents to believe that they are already great guides for raising healthy and happy children.

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