Supporting Teens in Reducing Their Stress (and Ours)

with Matt Bellace, Ph.D.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 7 - 8:30 PM, 2019

Bainbridge High School Commons

(Please note this a PAST event)

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Join the acclaimed author, neuropsychologist and stand-up comedian to learn about positive, science-based approach to substance abuse prevention!

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In his entertaining presentation, complete with a Q&A session, Dr. Bellace will use research and humor to discuss how we can support young people in both words and actions - through mindfulness, effective communication about sensitive issues, and natural highs - to help them make healthy choices.

  • Get a better understanding of the teen brain

  • Learn how to foster grit, self-control and resilience

  • Help our youth (and ourselves) develop healthy coping strategies

Recommended for parents, educators, teens and tweens

Tickets: $15

"Pay What You Can" option also available 

Books will be available for sale & signing at the event

About the Speaker

“My background in neuroscience and emotional memory is not lost during my presentations. It helps me understand my audiences better and I know if they’re laughing, they’re listening.” 

Matt Bellace, Ph.D., has been a youth motivational speaker and stand-up comedian since 1995. Dr. Bellace has a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology, is a member of the National Speakers Association and the author of the book, "A Better High." He is also a contributing author for the National Geographic Kids book series, "This or That."  His "How to Get High Naturally" program encourages over a hundred thousand students a year worldwide to pursue natural highs and make healthy choices. Matt was also a recurring comedian on truTV.

Matt’s educational background reads more like that of a professor than a speaker and comedian. He has always had a passion for neuroscience. In fact, his doctorate in clinical psychology includes a subspecialty in clinical neuropsychology, which is the study of the brain and behavior. In graduate school, he spent two summers as an intern studying memory in primates at the National Institutes of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. His doctoral work also included training in the treatment of epilepsy at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia), learning disorders in a pediatric neuropsychology private practice and psychotherapy at the Drexel University- Hahnemann Campus, Student Counseling Center. Matt completed his clinical internship working with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury patients at The Mount Sinai Medical in New York City. In 2005, Matt successfully defended his dissertation, "Activation of the Hippocampus During Emotional Learning," which was later published in the International Journal of Neuroscience


Comedy was always a part of Matt’s speaking programs, but in 2001 he took a comedy writing class and began performing at local comedy clubs in Philadelphia. In 2003, Matt and his wife moved to New York City, which allowed him to watch and perform with some best stand-up comedians in the business. Today, he can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio, and at over 200 clubs and schools in the U.S. and Canada annuallyLearn more about Dr. Bellace.

This event is a part of the Sixth Annual Healthy Youth Summit - presented in partnership with Alliance for Youth.

This presentation is made possible thanks to the support from our partners: Alliance for Youth, Bainbridge Island School District, Bainbridge Youth Services and One Call for All.

Dr. Bellance will also give a talk to students at BHS' special assembly earlier that same day - made possible by BHS PTSO.