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Lisa Damour        

Clinical Psychologist, Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls & New York Times Bestselling Author

Dr. Lisa Damour is the author of three New York Times best sellers: "Untangled," "Under Pressure," and "The Emotional Lives of Teenagers." She co-hosts the "Ask Lisa" podcast, works in collaboration with UNICEF, and is recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Damour is also a regular contributor to The New York Times and CBS News.

Dr. Damour serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. She maintains a clinical practice and also speaks to schools, professional organizations, and corporate groups around the world on the topics of child and adolescent development, family mental health, and adult well-being.

Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation. She and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters.

Speech Topics

Speaking While Female

Women hear a lot of advice about how to talk, but not all of it fits with what the research shows about effective communication. Dr. Damour addresses popular misconceptions about how women speak and shares her path-breaking work on how both women and men can develop effective strategies for advancing their ideas, managing conflict, and saying “no” without harming their relationships.

The Science of Well-Being

Psychologists have long studied the question “What makes people happy?” and the answer isn’t what people usually expect. Wealth and accolades matter far less than good health, strong relationships, and having a sense of purpose. Dr. Damour translates psychological science into the concrete steps that help people feel good while doing well.

Taking Control of Stress and Anxiety

Dr. Damour explains the science showing that stress and anxiety are unavoidable and actually necessary aspects of daily life: stress happens when we are adapting to new challenges and anxiety alerts us to pay attention or make a change. Dr. Damour’s groundbreaking approach empowers people to embrace healthy doses of stress and anxiety and learn how to keep pressure and tension from reaching unhealthy levels.

Back-to-School 2021: Helping Children and Teenagers Manage Uncertainty and Disruption

Join us to learn how parents can support children and adolescents as they face the highly unusual and unpredictable school year ahead. This session will focus on what parents can do to help young people (and themselves!) successfully navigate the disruptions caused by COVID-19.

How to Manage Chronic Stress

Psychologists have long studied the protective factors and individual behaviors that help people manage, and even thrive, under chronic stress conditions. Dr. Lisa Damour will draw upon this research to highlight proven strategies that adults can use to make the best of persistently difficult circumstances.

From Surviving to Thriving: Cultivating Mental Health in the New Normal

In this talk Dr. Damour will address:

  • Why it’s stressful to adapt as we come in and out of the pandemic
  • How to manage the anxiety of returning to the new normal
  • How to care for your mental health now and after the pandemic


Psychologist Lisa Damour shares how to protect kids from ...
Aug 31, 2021 ... The pandemic has made it hard for parents of teens and tweens to know what's weighing on our kids or how to help, but psychologist Lisa Damour gives advice ...
How to Help Teens Weather Their Emotional Storms - The New York ...
Lisa Damour. By Lisa Damour. Feb. .... Lisa Damour is a psychologist in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and the author of “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the  ...
'Under Pressure': Lisa Damour on 'normal' anxiety, when to seek help
Psychologist Lisa Damour is examining a weight plaguing some girls. "Under Pressure" looks at forces that can cause stress and anxiety.
Anxiety in girls: Lisa Damour on the unique pressures girls face ...
Psychologist and CBS News contributor Lisa Damour addresses the growing issue in her new book, "Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and  ...

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