George Lucas Educational Foundation

Matt Bellace, PhD

Speaker, Psychologist and Comedian

For over 20 years, I've been traveling the country as a professional speaker and stand-up comedian. My program focuses on natural highs and making healthy choices. I have a PhD in clinical neuropsychology, which is the study of the brain and behavior. I'm the author of the book, “A Better High,” co-author of the National Geographic Kids Series, “This or That,” and was a regular on truTV’s, “World’s Dumbest.” A TV producer once said to me, "We need a psychologist who's funny and you appear to be the only one."

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  • Brain-Based Learning

    Laughter, Learning, and Why Teens Are Such a Tough Crowd

    Laughter, risk, and novelty stimulate the teenage brain. Make these elements work for you by incorporating the strategies and rhythms of stand-up comedy into your teaching.
  • Student Wellness

    The Teenage Brain: Stress, Coping, and Natural Highs

    To help young people cope with stress and a rapidly developing brain, educate them about the "natural highs" of beneficial brain chemistry triggered by exercise and passion.