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Maureen  Healy

Maureen Healy

Educator & Best-Selling Author of The Emotionally Healthy Child


Maureen 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. Read More >

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.

Maureen’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. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Dealing with Anger

The Emotionally Healthy Child

How to Raise Happier Children

Speech Topics

The Emotionally Healthy Child: Mindset + Habits

Small children have big feelings and oftentimes they don’t know what to do with them. Helping children learn to identify, regulate and constructively express their feelings has become part of everyone's job! Learning tools that you can use in the classroom (or at home) to help children stop, calm and make smarter choices, especially when emotionally challenged is essential to any child’s healthy (and happier) development. Invite Maureen to learn new ideas, proven tools and get inspired along the way.

Emotional Intelligence: Skill Development

Educating our students for the future requires we help them understand their emotions both the challenging and helpful ones. Maureen shares the key ideas, and tools that can build emotional intelligence (EQ) so that our students are prepared to make smarter choices in and out of the classroom. She presents the latest scientific findings, and proven tools that can help in your classroom today.

The Mindful Classroom (Ideas & Tools)

Scientific studies reveal that children that participate in mindfulness practices in the classroom are happier children. They demonstrate higher test scores, better friendships and more positive mindsets. Learning simple practices that you can bring to your K-8 classroom can make a big difference. Participants get an experience of mindfulness, learn the science behind mindfulness, and gain new tools to bring into their classroom, school or district.

Science of Happier (For Kids & Parents)

We all want to raise and teach happier children, but the question is always how? Maureen demystifies the keys to becoming happier with a focus on compassion in the classroom (or at home) and shares the latest scientific findings as to what leads children toward and away from their deepest joy. Maureen also covers the latest findings on digital devices, trauma and how everyday habits can be developed in the classroom to help children build resilience and cultivate healthier emotions.

The Emotional Toolbox

Helping children identify their emotions – all of them – and constructively express them takes wisdom, and real-life strategies. In this engaging program, Maureen shares a whole toolbox of emotions, especially around children who run "hot" with anger or "cold" with sadness and how to help them. There are tools for home and the classroom. Other common childhood emotions (and experiences) are explored to equip every participant with the knowledge of how to skillfully respond. Additional examples include helping children with loneliness, feeling disappointed and cultivating appreciation.