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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

Raising an Emotionally Healthy Children

Speech Topics

The Emotionally Healthy Child

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). Read More >

Audience takeaways: Read Less ^

  • 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 may be covered such as: Technology addiction, college admissions pressure, social media, cyber-bullying, pandemic, and school shootings.

Children’s Health: Resilience & Improved Patient Outcomes

Children want to feel good, but faced with serious medical conditions such as Cancer, Diabetes, and Rheumatoid Arthritis, as examples, it becomes challenging. Maureen Healy, author and social scientist, has spent her life helping adults (MD’s, RN’s, LPN’s and more) empower children with evidence-based strategies so they can boost their resiliency, emotional health, and ultimately, outcomes when faced with life threatening medical conditions. Join 1000s of professionals who have invited Maureen to hear her insight, and science-based treatments that work for patients and today’s families.

Helping Children Bounce Back

Resilience is a skill that children can learn to develop regardless of their circumstances. If a boy or girl learns certain ideas, and practices inner-strength building strategies (home, classroom, hospital, after-school) they can build resilience. Resilience is essential to form a healthy mindset, and create positive experiences in life (academic, social, emotional, physical / well-being). Read More >

Audience takeaways: Read Less ^

  • Resilience and emotional health are learnable skills
  • Children who learn how to build the skill of resilience are better positioned for positive outcomes
  • Scientific studies reveal what resilience is, and how to nurture it in children
  • With her engaging style, Maureen shares powerful ideas and practical strategies to help you nurture resilience in children.

Educating for Diversity & Inclusion

Classrooms that plant the seeds of celebrating diversity, and encouraging inclusion empower an emotionally healthy mindset. Maureen shares from her global teaching experience too, which animates ideas and empowers attendees. Read More >

Audience Takeaways: Read Less ^

  • Receive “scripts” on how to explain diversity to elementary and middle-school students
  • Access a “Diversity Toolkit” that Maureen provides with key lesson plans, activities, recommended books, and strategies to help even “hard to reach” students
  • Understand how diversity is linked to creativity, innovation, and non-violence
  • Become familiar with the science and modern studies on diversity, and cultural biases
  • Assess your own cultural biases, and keep yourself “in check” especially when teaching
  • Take a diversity pledge (not required, but recommended) to be a diversity champion

Self-Care for Students (and Educators)

With science-based lessons, and classroom routines Maureen shares how to help elementary and middle school students develop more self-compassion on their path of positive emotional health. The impact is less bullying, harsh criticism, perfectionism, and exclusion in classrooms and schools. Read More >

Audience takeaways: Read Less ^

  • Awareness of emotional health and self-compassion and care
  • Self-care routines for educators
  • Science based strategies to employ in the classroom to promote student wellbeing, self-care, and compassionate connection (self and others).
  • Schools of “self-care” report less violence, conflict, and bullying, which is impactful.