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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

3 Essential Habits of Children’s Emotional Health

Young children, tweens and teenagers oftentimes have trouble slowing down and making better choices. In this program, Maureen goes into depth on how to help children “catch themselves,” calm and make choices based on both intellect (logic) and instincts (feelings). Real-life stories and proven strategies are shared. Specific attention is paid to challenges surrounding: Digital Devices, Peer Pressure, Addictions, Suicidal Thoughts/Depression, Cyberbullying, Failures, Mistakes, Perfectionism and more. Program ends with an engaging Q&A session.

Making Smarter Choices in Middle & High School 

Emotional health is the skill of balance. Audience members learn the ideas and strategies to raise emotionally healthy children. Research is presented, which shows the impact of cultivating emotional intelligence. Proven strategies are shared for parents and teachers to help children learn to make smarter choices, even when feeling emotionally charged. Audience questions taken throughout talk. Science of happiness is also touched on giving adults the "Top 5" scientific facts on childhood happiness.

Connecting with Our Children: How Our Presence Impacts Our Child’s Development 

The power of our presence is transformative for ourselves, and for our children. Scientific research shows that when we "show up" as parents, teachers and professionals and pay attention a child becomes more resilient and feels more secure (safe) in this world. A child's ability to feel safe and secure in this world is essential for them to gain the courage, confidence and clarity to bring their unique gifts into the world. Audience members learn scripts, strategies and scientifically proven suggestions to help them "tune in" versus "tune out" in one of life's most important roles - raising our children.

Science of Happier & Healthier Children

Invite Maureen to share the latest scientific findings as to what helps children become emotionally healthy and happier. Strategies are provided that have proven to reduce childhood anxiety and depression, increase well-being and improve grades. No longer is the path toward more positive emotional health and ultimately, happier life experiences a mystery. Audience members (parents, teachers, professionals) walk away with clear research, strategies and tips on how to guide their children toward feeling and doing their best.