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Whole Girl, Whole World Speaker Series

On September 26, 2019, Dr. Lisa Damour, renowned psychologist, author, columnist, teacher and expert on child development, will return to Crofton House to discuss her latest best-selling book: Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls

In 2016, Lisa’s practical and inspirational message about raising girls in a complex world resounded with the CHS community. Her book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, continues to be a valued resource for parents and teachers alike. We are delighted to welcome Lisa back to continue the conversation that began with Untangled

In Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, Lisa explores the healthy role stress and anxiety plays in normal development by helping girls stretch beyond their comfort zones while keeping them safe, and the idea that these benefits should be emphasized to girls. As her research reveals, current levels of stress and anxiety has risen to a degree that requires our attention and action. Based upon her knowledge and experience as a psychologist, Lisa offers helpful solutions when these tensions become too much - whether it is stress and anxiety at home, at school or around social interactions or social media. This book provides important research and ways to help understand and support today’s girls.

Under Pressure: A Timely Book for CHS

Lois Rowe, Deputy Head and Director, Senior School at CHS, has reviewed Dr. Lisa Damour's newest book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. She reflects, "Under Pressure is a well-researched, insightful, and, at times, humourous examination of the culture that has been created in communities like CHS, and how girls are experiencing this culture."

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A message from Lisa

About the Speaker

Lisa Damour, Ph.D 

Lisa Damour, Ph.D. writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times and is a regular contributor at CBS News. She serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and as the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. Dr. Damour maintains a private psychotherapy practice and consults and speaks internationally.

Dr. Damour has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development and is the author of the New York Times best sellers Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.

A Denver native, Dr. Damour graduated with honours from Yale University and then worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has held fellowships from Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and from the University of Michigan’s Power  Foundation. Dr. Damour draws on years of clinical experience and the latest research to provide sound, practical guidance to girls as well as to their parents, teachers, and advocates. 

Read Dr. Damour's articles

Past Speakers

2019 – 2019: Jessica Lahey

  • Author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
  • Teacher, writer, and mom
  • Writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, and the New York Times
  • Member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and wrote the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids’ The Stinky and Dirty Show
  • Earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. 
  • Lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons and teaches high school English and writing in Vermont.

2017 – 2018: Amanda Lang

  • Author of The Beauty of Discomfort and the best-selling The Power of Why
  • Producer and anchor of Bloomberg North on Bloomberg TV Canada
  • Was CBC's business correspondent for The National and hosted The Exchange with Amanda Lang
  • Award-winning business journalist who has been covering business in North America for twenty years

2016 – 2017: Lisa Damour

“Raising a young woman will be one of the most vexing, delighting, exhausting and fulfilling things you will ever do. Sometimes all on the same day. The job is hard enough even under the best conditions, and anyone doing a hard job deserves support. When we get that support, when we understand the developmental tour de force that is adolescence, we can truly enjoy and empower our girls.” – Lisa Damour Ph.D.

  • Renowned psychologist, author, teacher and foremost expert on child development
  • Author of the New York Times bestseller, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls
  • Director of the highly acclaimed Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls
  • Graduated with honors from Yale University and worked at the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan

2015 – 2016: Rachel Simmons

  • Author of The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence, Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and Enough As She Is. 

2014 – 2015: Dr. JoAnn Deak

  • Author of Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters and How Girls Thrive

2013 – 2014: Barbara Coloroso

  • Author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right


September 26, 2019
7:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Manrell Hall
Crofton House School
3200 West 41st Avenue

Tickets: $20

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Questions? Contact us.

Under Pressure is on sale in the School Store and Alumnae Uniform Shop for $30.

About the Series

Taking CHS girls into the world

The Whole Girl, Whole World speaker series is an annual September event that provides CHS parents, teachers, students, and the public with an exciting opportunity to hear from internationally-renowned experts about issues and opportunities facing girls in a complex and dynamic world.

It is an opportunity for parents, educators and students to engage in thought-provoking topics and initiate on-going discussion about the actions and attitudes we will adopt as a community to ensure each girl will become a courageous, creative citizen in the world.

Speakers are carefully selected in keeping with the school’s philosophy of preparing girls to navigate life with confidence.