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 18, 2016


Initiative for Arts and Humanities at Harvard Medical School
260 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA
October 16, 2016


Stage Door Reading Series, Irvington Town Hall Theater
Irvington, NY
October 02, 2016


Mount Auburn Cemetery
Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA
October 01, 2016


Mount Auburn Cemetery
Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA
September 23, 2016


Madeline Crivello Memorial Lecture
Hurwitz Auditorium at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA
November 10, 2015

The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching Our Most Challenging Students

Special Education Surrogate Parent Conference: Making a Difference
Marlborough, MA
September 16, 2015

Children of Suicide: In Her Wake

Webinar for the Association for Death Education and Counseling
April 16, 2015

Memoirs Can Be Messy: The Delicate Balance of Writing About Family

Examined Life conference
Iowa City, IA
March 26, 2015

Is This Student Safe to Return to School?”: Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists’ and Psychologists’ Roles in Threat Assessments for Students at Risk for Violence

ASAP/ISAPP conference
New York, NY
January 31, 2015

Helping Struggling Students: Resiliency Strategies for Parents, Teachers, and Clinicians

Harvard Medical School CME Course: School Mental Health: Treating Students K-12
Boston, MA
November 04, 2014

School Avoidance: Getting the Student in the Door

Hopkinton Public Schools
Hopkinton, MA
October 30, 2014

Teen Depression

Webinar for Families for Depression Awareness
October 23, 2014

Clinical Case Conference 5: Impossible at School, Part 2: Consulting on Violent, Disruptive, and Highly Unusual Kids

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
October 22, 2014

Clinical Perspectives 24: Is This Student Safe to Return to School? The Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist's Role in Threat Assessments for Students at Risk for Violence

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
October 09, 2014

Children of Suicide: In Her Wake

Webinar for National Alliance for Grieving Children
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