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Lisa Damour  

Psychologist, Author and Educator; Director, Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls

A Denver native, Lisa Damour graduated with honors from Yale University before receiving her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has worked for the Yale Child Study Center and is the recipient of training fellowships from the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Yale’s Bush Center for Child Development and Social Policy, and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation.

Dr. Damour is the author of numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. She is co-author with Dr. James Hansell of "Abnormal Psychology," a widely-used college textbook and co-author with Dr. Anne Curzan of "First Day to Final Grade," a handbook introducing college instructors to the art and craft of teaching. Her next book, "Untangled: Guiding Teenagers Through the Seven Transitions that Turn Girls into Grown-Ups," will be released by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, on February 2, 2016.

Dr. Damour directs Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, maintains a private psychotherapy practice, consults and speaks internationally, is a regular contributor to the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, and is a faculty associate of the Schubert Center for Child Studies and a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University.

Speech Topics


For parents:

  • Cultivating your Child’s Intellectual and Emotional Growth
  • Parenting Doesn’t End Where the Internet Begins: Guiding Children in a Digital World
  • You and Your Teenager: Tips for Frightened, Frustrated, or Flummoxed Parents
  • Talking with Your Teen about Drugs, Drinking, and Sex
  • Grit for Girls: Raising Resilient Daughters
  • Letting Go With Confidence: Preparing Your Child for College

For educators and advocates:

  • Working with Parents: Moving from Conflict to Collaboration
  • Stress and Well-Being in Childhood: What the Research Shows
  • Gender Differences: Truths, Myths, and Implications
  • Making Sense of Adolescence
  • Grit for Girls: A Research-Based Approach to Teaching Resilience
  • The Art of Giving Advice

For students:

  • Being Assertive: Protecting Your Rights, Respecting Theirs
  • Rules of the Road for Relationships
  • Caring for your Body and Mind: What Every Girl Needs to Know
  • Building Resilience: How to Bounce Back

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