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In this talk learn the science of how kindness leads to happiness, and happiness leads to creativity and new opportunities, new brain change and even genetic change. Dr. Willard discusses genetics, behavior, neuroscience, psychology, and "social contagions." 

Independent and fully licensed psychological and educational services
in Harvard Square and Wellesley Hills

Consultations and ongoing psychotherapy for individuals and families

Training and workshops offered for your organization

Clinical & Educational Experience


My work as a psychologist has included community mental health centers, hospitals, private clinics, schools and universities.  My first book, Child's Mind was published in 2010, and the writing bug has shown no signs of abating with 5 more books since then. 

Currently, I teach at Harvard Medical School, and work part time in private practice as a therapist with a focus on mindfulness and a specialty in learning issues and anxiety.  I also speak to parents and traing teachers, therapists and medical professionals nationally and internationally.

I am licensed and insured as a psychologist and health services provider in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, #9151. I received my doctorate from The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

On the personal side, I enjoy traveling, hiking, cooking, reading and writing, and being a father.  



  • Featured in The New York Times, and cnn.com, and abcnews.com and elsewhere
  • Faculty Harvard Medical School
  • Past presenter at The American Psychological Association, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Learning and the Brain, UCSD, The Psychotherapy Networker, PESI Seminars and elsewhere in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
  • Workshops and consultation to dozens of schools, districts, clinics and universities
  • Board of Directors and President of the Mindfulness in Education Network
  • Board of Directors and Faculty at the Institute for Meditation & Psychotherapy
  • Post-Doctoral Training at Tufts University
  • Pre-Doctoral Training at Wediko Children’s Services