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Judy Willis

Neurologist, Teacher, Author, International Lecturer

University of California, Santa Barbara

Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed. is a neurologist, former classroom teacher, and author of books for educators and parents. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Dr. Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine, where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, and was chief resident. Dr. Willis practiced neurology for ten years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and master's of education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years. Dr. Willis currently gives lectures and conducts workshops nationally and internationally for parents and educators about learning strategies correlated with the neuroscience research about how children learn most successfully and joyfully. Dr. Willis is a staff writer for Edutopia and Psychology Today and media consultant for the American Academy of Neurology.

Related Work
How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Based Ways to Ignite Learning and Increase School Success. By Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed. Foreword by Goldie Hawn. Sourcebooks: 2008.

Website: Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed.

Psychology Today Online Staff Blogs for Parents

Additional Materials

Tips For Parents

These tips for parents offer advice and suggestions for activities designed to help you help your child learn. From such basic advice as reminders of the importance of reading regularly to your young child to suggestions for how to help your high schooler find math resources online, these tips provide a range of ideas for ways in which you can be a more active partner in your child’s education.

Academic Growth Charts

States across the country are implementing new standards for student achievement, designed to better prepare young people for careers and college. These academic benchmarks are meant to help parents understand the course material for each grade. They are based on the standards in most of the country and are intended as a general resource for parents, not as a comprehensive breakdown of the contents of your child’s curriculum.

How Children's Sleepy Brains Fail Them

Apr 28, 2014

Almost 40 percent of students in kindergarten through fourth grade have trouble sleeping and those poor sleep habits carry over into adolescence. But with a little help, parents can help instill healthy sleeping routines into their kids.

A Gift Parents Can Give Children that Money Can’t Buy

Jun 09, 2014

Across the country, many children are being raised bilingually, and research shows that being bilingual can be beneficial for children. It leads to increased activity in the area of the brain that controls impulses, decision making, and self-awareness.

Good Praise, Bad Praise

Jan 06, 2014

Parents often fall into pitfalls when praising their children for their performance. Check out this post from Dr. Judy Willis about some best practices for offering sincere praise.

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