On Thursday, January 24, 2019 we partnered with the Hatboro-Horsham School District & the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation to talk with parents about stress in young children and adolescents.
Our special guest was Matt Bellace, PhD. Earlier in the day, Dr. Bellace presented two assemblies for Keith Valley Middle School students in grades 6, 7 and 8. He also conducted workshops from student ambassadors and members of Hatboro-Horsham High School’s Link Crew. This was Dr. Bellace’s third visit to Hatboro-Horsham!
About Matt Bellace, PhD
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 (the study of the brain and behavior), is a member of the National Speakers Association and is 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 a recurring comedian on truTV’s hit show, “World’s Dumbest.”
1998-2005, Doctor of Philosophy, Drexel University, Clinical Psychology
1996-1998, Master of Science, Bucknell University, Biology
1992-1996, Bachelor of Science, Bucknell University, Biology & Psychology
1988-1992, Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ
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.
Matt is currently lives with his wife and two children in the Princeton, NJ area. His wife, Dara, is also a clinical psychologist, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She maintains a private practice in Princeton.
Peer Reviewed Research Publications:
Bellace, Williams, Mohamed, Faro. 2012. An fMRI Study of the Activation of the Hippocampus by Emotional Memory, International Journal of Neuroscience, Oct 26 View Article
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Vol. 16, Number 8, November 2001
Journal of Andrology, Jan/Feb Supplement, 1998
Bucknell Masters Scholarship in Biology, 1996-98
Thelma Johnson Showalter Prize for Excellence in Community Affairs, 1996
John P. Dunlop Prize, Outstanding Greek Leader in Campus and Community Involvement, 1996
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health/ Division of Neuropsychology, Summer Internship, 2000 & 2001
Popular Psychology Articles:
The Teenage Brain: Stress, Coping and Natural Highs (Edutopia, 2016)
Laughter, Learning and Why Teens Are Such a Tough Crowd (Edutopia, 2016)
↓View Dr. Bellace’s Powerpoint↓
↓Watch a past presentation by Ken Ginsburg, MD, M.S.Ed. about childhood resiliency.↓
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