Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD

Director, USC Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning, and Education (CANDLE) who has been studying and monitoring the brains of effective teachers to see how they connect with and motivate their students; Professor of Education, USC Rossier School of Education; Professor of Psychology, Brain, and Creativity Institute; Faculty, Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Southern California; Member of the Council of Distinguished Scientists at the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, Aspen Institute; Past President, IMBES (International Mind, Brain and Education Society); Recipient of the 2008 Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award from the Learning & the Brain Foundation and IMBES; Author, Emotions, Learning, and the Brain: Exploring the Educational Implications of Affective Neuroscience (2015); Co-Author, “Understanding Emotional Thought Can Transform Educators’ Understanding of How Students Learn” (2020, Educational Neuroscience), “Building Meaning Builds Teens’ Brains” (2020, Educational Leadership), “The Brain Basis for Integrated Social, Emotional, and Academic Development” (2018, Aspen Institute), and "Embodied Brains, Social Minds, Cultural Meaning: Integrating Neuroscientific and Educational Research on Social-Affective Development (2017, American Educational Research Journal)


Teaching Emotional Brains

Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA or Virtually via Zoom  November 22-24, 2024

The Emotional, Social Brain in School

Virtual Institute  June 26-30, 2023

The Science of Teaching and Learning

The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA or Virtually via Zoom  November 17-19, 2023

Keynote Address II: Building Meaning Builds Brains: The Science of Emotions, Brain Development, and Effective Teaching

The Science of Knowledge

Sheraton NY Times Square Hotel, New York, NY or Virtually via Zoom  April 1-3, 2022

Keynote Address I: Solving the Frankenstein Problem: Why All Learning and Thinking Is Social, Emotional, Cultural, and Cognitive in the Brain

The Emotional, Social Brain in School

Online Institute  June 27-July 1, 2022

The Emotional, Social Brain in Schools

Online Instiute  July 12-16, 2021

Educating Anxious Brains

The Fairmont Hotel and the Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA  February 14-16, 2020

Keynote Address III: Embodied Brains, Social Minds, Cultural Meaning: The Effects of Community Violence Exposure on Urban Adolescents' Brain Development

Social-Emotional Brains in Schools

Virtual Conference  November 7-8, 2020

Keynote: The Science of Learning: Why All Learning Is Emotional and Social

Teen Brains, Social Relationships, & Urban Schools

Building Meaning Builds Teens’ Brains: The Importance of Relationships, Relevance, and Meaning-Making for Adolescent Learning

The Science of Innovation

The Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco, CA  February 15-17, 2018

Keynote Address III: The Default Network: How Social-Emotional Imagination Facilitates Deep Learning and Creativity