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Guest Speaker Lisa Damour, PhD, Discusses The Emotional Lives of Teenagers

As part of the Family Action Network (FAN) series, Loyola Academy welcomed guest speaker Dr. Lisa Damour, PhD, for a parent presentation in the Leemputte Family Theater on the evening of Thursday, March 2. Dr. Damour discussed her new book, The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents. The book serves as a guide to help parents understand their teenagers' intense and often fraught emotional lives—and how to support them through this critical development stage.
During the afternoon and before the parent presentation, Dr. Damour spoke to Loyola Academy faculty and staff, tailoring the discussion to how educators can best support students during the critical adolescent stage of development. Before this, Dr. Damour also spoke with members of Loyola’s Hope Squad, who shared their personal experiences as teenagers. “This was a wonderful experience because we were able to hear from someone who is devoted to compassionately understanding our minds and struggles, and could gain insight into our own stories through her work,” said senior Ellie Grammas as she introduced Dr. Damour to faculty and staff. 

Notably, Dr. Damour’s visit corresponded with Loyola’s Week of Hope, which highlighted the importance of mental health and wellbeing through various events and activities around campus designed to bring awareness to this important topic.

Dr. Lisa Damour is the author of three New York Times best sellers: Untangled, Under Pressure, and The Emotional Lives of Teenagers. She co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, works in collaboration with UNICEF, and is recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Damour is also a regular contributor to The New York Times and CBS News

Dr. Damour serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. She maintains a clinical practice and also speaks to schools, professional organizations, and corporate groups around the world on the topics of child and adolescent development, family mental health, and adult well-being.

Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation. She and her husband reside in Cleveland, OH, and they are the proud parents of two daughters. For more information, please visit
To view a recording of Dr. Damour’s parent presentation, click here. Please note, this recording will be available until April 3, 2023.

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