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Matthew Walker, PhD
in Conversation with
Kelly McGonigal, PhD


The Transformative Effects of Sleep & Movement

Tues Dec 8, 7:00pm-8:15pm PST

Free for member school parents and for educators from member and non-member schools.

A good night's sleep has perhaps never been more important. And exercise has long been associated with better sleep. Sleep scientist Dr. Matthew Walker and research psychologist Dr. Kelly McGonigal will come together to discuss the enormous benefits restful sleep and joyful movement have on health and well-being. Sharing wisdom and debunking myths, Dr. Walker will discuss the impact of sleep on mind and body -- from unleashing your creative powers to boosting your capacity for learning, memory, and immune health -- and details practices you can start (and stop) doing tonight to get some rest. And Dr. McGonigal will show how movement is intertwined with some of the most basic human joys, including self-expression, social connection, and mastery--and why it is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

About Our Speakers


Matthew Walker, PhD, is a celebrated sleep expert. He is a Sleep Scientist at Google, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at UC Berkeley, and founder and director of the school's Center for Human Sleep Science. Dr. Walker’s New York Times bestseller Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; and increase longevity. Dr. Walker’s TED talk, "Sleep is your superpower" has garnered over 3 million views. Previously, Dr. Walker was a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and served as Chief Scientist and scientific counsel for numerous technology companies, including Hello and Fitbit. 


Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. As a pioneer in the field of "science-help," her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Her TED talk, "How to Make Stress Your Friend," is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, with over 20 million views. Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she helped create Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training, a program now taught around the world that helps individuals strengthen their empathy, compassion, and self-compassion. Her new book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

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