Dr. Judy Willis is a board-certified neurologist and middle school teacher, specializing in brain research regarding learning and the brain. With a unique background as both a neurologist and classroom teacher, she writes extensively for professional educational and parenting journals and has written six books about applying the mind, brain, and education research to classroom teaching and parenting strategies. The Association of Educational Publishers honored Dr. Willis as a finalist for the Distinguished Achievement Award for her educational writing.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, 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 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and master's of education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years and currently is on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Her books for parents and education professionals include
Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies that Change Students' Attitudes and Get Results, ASCD 2010
Research-Based Strategies To Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist/Classroom Teacher (2006),
Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom (2007),
Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension (2008) ASCD.
Her first book for parents and caregivers, How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Based Ways to Ignite Learning and Increase School Success. Foreword by Goldie Hawn (2008), was published by Sourcebooks. Inspiring Middle School Minds: Gifted, Creative, and Challenging (2009) was published by Great Potential Press.
Dr. Willis is an international consultant for professional development. She is a presenter at educational and parenting conferences nationally and internationally in the field of learning-centered brain research and classroom and parenting strategies derived from this research.