Keynote Speaker, Matt Bellace, PhD, MS
For over two decades, Matt Bellace, has been a motivational speaker and stand-up comedian. He’s spoken in forty-five US states and across Canada to a wide range of audiences, including public and private school students, inmates in juvenile detention and Navy SEALs. Matt’s program has encouraged over a hundred thousand students and adults each year to purse natural highs (e.g. laughter, meditation) to reduce their stress and improve brain functioning.
Dr. Bellace has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a subspecialty in clinical neuropsychology, the study of the brain and behavior. His extensive research training includes the National Institutes of Mental Health, The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Drexel University’s Clinical Psychology program.
During internship, he worked with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury patients and their families at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. As a post-doctoral fellow at Queens College, he researched early markers of Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder in pre-school children.
He’s the author of the book, A Better High, a contributing author for National Geographic Kids and Edutopia, and was a recurring comedian on truTV's hit show World's Dumbest.
As a sophomore at Bucknell University, Matt founded a student prevention organization named C.a.l.v.i.n. & H.o.b.b.e.s. The group has continued to thrive over 23 years later, providing substance-free events every weekend of the school year. In 1995, the trustees of Bucknell approved funding to refurbish a former fraternity house for the group to reside. U.S. News and World Report heralded the move, noting, "How times have changed." Then Bucknell President, William “Bro” Adams referred to the group as “revolutionary.”
In addition to his speaking work, Dr. Bellace is a special advisor to Natural High, a nonprofit organization that promotes natural highs in over 20,000 classrooms nationwide. He currently lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife and two very talkative children.