Judy Willis,MD, M.Ed.
Judy Willis, MD, M.Ed: After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first female graduate from Williams College, Judy Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for fifteen years before returning to university to obtain her Teaching Credential and Masters of Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has taught in elementary, middle, and graduate schools and currently teaches at Santa Barbara Middle School.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) publishes her book for education professionals, Research-Based Strategies To Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist/Classroom Teacher (2006), Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom (2007), and Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension (2008) ASCD. She is completing a fourth book ASCD book about research-based strategies for math instruction.
Her first book for parents and caregivers, How Your Child Learns Best: A parent guide to raising smarter children by a neurologist and classroom teacher (2008), was published by Sourcebooks and Brain Gifts Unwrapped: How Parents and Teachers Can Ignite the Brains of Gifted Middle School Students will be published 2009 by Great Potentials Press.
Dr. Willis has been an international consultant for professional and curriculum development for ASCD International Professional Development Program in the United Arab Emirates. She is presenter at educational conferences nationally and internationally in the field of learning-centered brain research and classroom strategies derived from this research. She was a Distinguished Lecturer at the ASCD national conference in March 2008 and will be so again March 2009 co-presenting with Goldie Hawn, founder of the Hawn Foundation for Mindfulness Education on which Dr. Willis serves on the Board of Directors.
Dr. Willis writes extensively for professional educational journals and was honored as a 2007 Finalist for Distinguished Achievement Award for her educational writing by the Association for Educational Publishers.
Dr. Willis, a home winemaker, writes a weekly wine column, and is a regular contributor to wine literature.