Judy Willis, MD, MEd

Judy Willis, MD, MEd, is a neurologist and credentialed teacher. She has combined her training in neuroscience and neuroimaging with her teacher education training and years of classroom experience. Dr. Willis is an authority in the field of learning-centered brain research and teaching strategies derived from this research and has spoken at national and international educational conferences. Dr. Willis has taught in elementary and middle schools and is currently an adjunct lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also a staff writer for Edutopia and Psychology Today, and a media spokesperson for the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Willis has written six books on this topic, contributed extensively to educational journals and conducts interactive professional development workshops throughout the United States and internationally. Her most recent books include Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning (2006), Brain Research Based Strategies for the Inclusion Class (2007), How Your Child Learns Best (2008), Inspiring Middle School Minds: Gifted, Creative and Challenging (2009) and Learning to Love Math (2010).


Neuroscience for Optimal Learning

Santa Barbara, CA  July 15-19, 2024

Teaching Behaved Brains

The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CA or Virtually via Zoom  February 17-19, 2023

Optimizing the Teen Brain

Optimizing the Teen Brain for Motivation, Behavior Self-Management, and Executive Function

Neuroscience for Optimal Learning

Santa Barbara, CA  July 17-21, 2023

Neuroscience for Optimal Learning

Online Institute  June 28-July 2, 2021

Social-Emotional Brains in Schools

Virtual Conference  November 7-8, 2020

Igniting Deep Learning

1. Igniting Deep Learning with the Social-Emotional Brain in Mind: Tools from Understanding by Design® & Neuroscience