In addition to sharing valuable insights, Nancy’s conversational tone and ability to show vulnerability in her practice brings her listeners in, creates a space for empathy and learning, and inspires us to connect at a deeper level with more people. And, one hopes, we will all make a bigger impact because of that.

— Participant
School Mental Health Course

Dr. Rappaport is available to speak or conduct longer workshops upon request on topics including the following:

  • The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students
  • Resilience: Understanding and Teaching Challenging Children Without Burnout
  • Compassion, Burnout, and Empathic Fatigue: Building Resilience in Our Patients and Ourselves
  • “Is This Student Safe to Return?” A Comprehensive School Safety Assessment Approach
  • After a Suicide: Helping Children Heal
  • Teen Depression: What Parents, Schools, and Communities Can Do
  • Finding Our Way: Healing Our Traumatized Children
  • The Power of Reflection: The Role of Narrative in Medicine

Upcoming Events

March 06, 2019 12pm

Keeping Our Schools Safe: What Every Educator Should Know About Safety Assessment

Webinar - William James College

This webinar presents an overview of a comprehensive school safety assessment approach for students whose behavior raises concern about their potential for violence. This presentation will draw from Dr. Rappaport’s research and clinical work as a child psychiatrist consulting to schools to present a model that can help prevent school violence while getting students and families the services they need. Targeted school violence is rare, making schools relatively safe places. However, every school must assess be familiar with basic concepts for quickly and comprehensively assessing the safety of students who are volatile and may make threats, write a hit list, destroy property, or post concerning content online. The safety assessment model emphasizes understanding the context of the behavior and helping adults mobilize the resources needed to address the student’s and family’s needs and enhance the student’s safety, connection, and well-being. The content will draw from Dr. Rappaport’s publications, research, and experience with safety assessments in schools, as well as the work of the Safe Schools Initiative, Cornell & Sheras, and others.

February 05, 2019

When a Doctor Becomes a Patient

The Osler Society at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Room W134, Zucker School of Medicine Hofstra University, North Campus

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 1pm and 6pm

The dramatic presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion led by Dr. Nancy Rappaport and Dr. David Elkowitz, both of whom recently made the journey from doctor to patient. The discussion will emphasize developing greater empathy, especially in diagnosis-sharing encounters, with a focus on the narrative, or backstories, that all patients come with, and how those stories can be so important in understanding patients.

Previous Events

October 04, 2017


United Solo Theatre Festival
42nd St., New York, NY
September 29, 2017


Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cambridge, MA
September 14, 2017

Is this Student Safe at School: A Safety Assessment Model

Campus Threat Assessment, presented by Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, New England Chapter
Boston, MA
July 21, 2017


Phantom Theater
Warren, VT
July 20, 2017


Phantom Theater
Warren, VT
June 08, 2017


Basalt Regional Library
Basalt, CO
May 10, 2017

Better Serving Our Children: School/Psychiatry Partnership

HMS Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership's Leadership and Faculty Development Conference and Minority Health Policy Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
May 06, 2017


Winsor School
Boston, MA
April 29, 2017

Advocacy and Collaboration with NAMI and PPAL to Benefit our Children, Families, Schools and Communities

New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Waltham, MA
April 29, 2017


Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival
Cambridge, MA
April 05, 2017


Public Health Week Performance sponsored by Cambridge Health Alliance
Somerville Public Library, Somerville, MA
March 10, 2017

The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students

2017 General & Special Education Conference
Seattle, WA
February 04, 2017

Keeping Students Safe at School: Understanding and Improving Safety Assessment

Harvard Medical School conference: School Mental Health: Treating Students K-12
Boston, MA
January 19, 2017


Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance
Cambridge, MA
December 10, 2016

Picking up the Pieces: Working with Families Left Behind after a Suicide

Harvard Medical School CME Course: Self-Destructive Behavior
Boston, MA
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