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Maureen Healy

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Educator and author on raising emotionally healthier and happier children with insights from her best-selling book

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Keynote speaker, educator and award-winning author of "The Emotionally Healthy Child," Maureen Healy speaks to educators and parents alike about how to raise emotionally healthy and ultimately, happier children in today’s world.



“I do what I do because I want to see more children grow up happier.” Maureen Healy

Speaker Maureen Healy is an educator, award-winning author, and leader in the field of children’s emotional health. Her best-selling book, The Emotionally Healthy Child, has a preface from His Holiness the Dalai Lama (New World Library, 2018) and gives adults the ideas they need to nurture positive emotional health in today’s children. Her prior book, Growing Happy Kids, focused on cultivating confidence and notably won several awards. She also regularly blogs at Psychology Today, which has reached millions of adults worldwide.

Unique about Maureen is her global background teaching and counseling children on the how of becoming emotionally healthy. She’s even lived at the Base of the Himalayas in 2007 and taught Tibetan refugee children. In subsequent years, Maureen has spoken across Europe, Asia and the Americas helping adults gain a fresh perspective and positive strategies. In 2017, Maureen co-founded the “World Happiness Summit” for parents, teachers and professionals wanting to know the how of children’s emotional health.

Complimenting Maureen’s practical experience, she is traditionally trained in the field of child development and positive psychology. She holds a BA and MBA from Clark University in Worcester, MA and completed her PhD coursework in child clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. Additionally, she’s authored a social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum for K-8 students, which has been implemented in several independent schools.

Speaker Maureen Healy’s wisdom and practicality has also been featured on TV, Radio and across all media outlets such as: Disney’s “The Fatherhood Project” with Hank Azaria, Scholastic, Parents Magazine, PBS, Martha Stewart Living Radio and television such as the CW’s “San Diego Living” as well as “Happier TV” with Tal Ben-Shahar. Her insight into how to help today’s children grow up healthier and happier is why audiences love her, and she gets the highest ratings repeatedly.

“I hope Maureen Healy’s book – The Emotionally Healthy Child – will contribute to a more wholesome education for future generations.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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The Emotionally Healthy Child: Mindset + Habits

Understanding children’s emotional health and how to help students move toward their well-being is the focus of this program. Participants gain science-based strategies to build resilience and positive emotional health in their students (and themselves). Some core concepts include:

  • Emotional health is widely misunderstood.
  • When adults (parents, teachers, and professionals) learn the ideas and strategies of positive emotional health things get easier. (7 life-changing ideas shared)
  •  Cultivating a mindset of emotional health is key for long-term health.
  •  Explaining things to children – in age appropriate ways, helps them grasp how emotions work, and what they can do with them (especially the tough ones!).
  •  Emotional health is a precursor for happiness, and every adult (parent, teacher)wants their children to become happier.
  •  Complex topics covered such as: Technology addiction, college admissions pressure, social media, cyber-bullying, and fear of school shootings.

Keynote by speaker Maureen Healy

Science of Happier Children

Invite Maureen to get inspired on the how of happiness, especially relative to today’s children and teens. She shares the latest scientific findings, and simple yet powerful steps to take today.

Maureen shares the latest scientific findings as to what leads children toward and away from their deepest joy.

  •  The importance of compassion and wholeness (not simply being happy) are also explored relative to childhood.
  •  Maureen shares with the audience how to help children transform their unhappy life experiences into things they can learn from and use to move them toward happier life experiences.
  •  Sophisticated subjects such as the fear of school shootings, social media, peer and college admissions pressure, FOMO (fear of missing out), technology addiction, as examples, are also covered.

Keynote by speaker Maureen Healy

Making Smarter Choices in Middle and High School

Middle and high school students are in a time of rapid change, as well as development. Helping today’s adolescence make good decisions is especially  important, which includes:

  • Understanding the science of brain development in middle and high school students
  • Learning real-life strategies to gain trust (build a “trust fund”) and foster connection
  • Becoming knowledgeable about today’s youth vocabulary (what they really say),and how to positively impact their choices, especially on “big” issues.
  • Complex topics include: Cheating, vaping (or other addictions), video games, peer pressure, anxiety, fear of school shooting, social media and technology.

Keynote by speaker Maureen Healy

Well-being Centered Schools

Become inspired by today’s leading-edge educational centers, which focus on well- being alongside academic achievement and learn how you can join the pack!

  • Schools throughout the United States (and world) are refocusing their efforts on nurturing student well-being along with academic achievement.
  • Well-being centered schools do 5 things differently, which revealed a commitment to nurturing the “whole” child and has produced higher academic outcomes and measured pro-social behaviors.
  • With her engaging style, Maureen also covers the latest scientific findings on violence prevention, bullying, and at-risk student populations so more schools can become centers of well-being.

Keynote by speaker Maureen Healy

Emotional Balance: The Whole Brain Approach

Emotional health is the skill of balance. Maureen inspires audiences by sharing how the whole brain approach facilitates emotional health, and intelligence in today’s children.

  • Children who learn to make decisions from a whole brain approach make better choices, especially regarding their emotional well-being.
  • Maureen shares how to help creative (right brain) children bring their logic (left brain) online sooner, and vice versa.
  • Boys and girls (and us adults too!) who can make integrated choices (right and left brain) can learn to find emotional balance, reset themselves, and make choices from a calmer place.
  • Understanding the science of emotional balance and learning new strategies to help your children develop those much-needed skills sets them up for positive life experiences.


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"We are so happy. I'm getting lots of emails from parents and people in the community that loved your talk! You really did a great job and I'm so glad we brought you to speak at our Early Childhood Education Symposium."

Kelley Schiess, Assistant Head

The Summit Country Day School
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