herWhat’s the brain’s role in learning? How can we maximize its potential? Rosarian Academy welcomes neuroscientist and developmental psychologist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD to its campus next week to engage in workshops with its students, faculty, parents and community members to address and answer these very important questions. Dr. Immordino-Yang, President Elect of the International Mind Brain and Education Society, will lead an interactive discussion and workshop for parents and community members on Tuesday, February 2 at 6:00 PM. Mary Helen will address how we learn, why emotions matter in teaching and learning, and what we can do as a culture to actively support and enhance deeper levels of learning, creativity, and twenty-first century skills.

Immordino-Yang’s visit has been planned in conjunction with the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Over 90 years ago, Rosarian Academy was founded on the Dominican tradition of prayer, study,reflection and action. Mary Helen’s research findings highlight the critical role reflection plays in deeper levels of understanding and social, emotional stability.

“Immordino-Yang’s research in educational neuroscience is a perfect fit for our community,” states Laura Jane Linck, Dean of Faculty and Program Development at Rosarian Academy.

“If we want to nurture meaning making, future planning, self-regulation, and creative problem-solving, then we need to set up conditions in the classroom that facilitate constructive internal reflection, and Rosarian Academy does just that. We actively embrace the best practices of Mind Brain Education and we promote an effective balance between external attention and internal reflection.”

Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang is an expert in the neuroscience of learning, creativity, culture, morality and social interaction. She is an Associate Professor of Education at the Rossier School of Education, an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute, and a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program Faculty at the University of Southern California. A former public junior high school science teacher, she earned her doctorate at Harvard University in 2005 and completed her  postdoctoral training with Antonio Damasio and Robert Rueda in 2008. Since then, she has received numerous local, national, and international awards for her research and for her impact on education. As an affective neuroscientist and human development psychologist, she studies social emotion, self-awareness, and culture and their implications for learning, development, and schools.

Immordino-Yang is the author of Emotion, learning and the brain: Exploring the educational implications of affective neuroscience.

Her workshop on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Rosarian Academy’s Theater is open to the public. For more information, please email Laura Jane Linck at

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong 21st-century academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school is located on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Rosarian is celebrating its 90th anniversary this school year. For more information, visit or call 561.345.3106.