Girls Preparatory School is bringing New York Times best-selling author Dr. Lisa Damour to speak during an event that’s free and open to the public.

Here’s what the school sent out about the event.

As part of Girls Preparatory School’s commitment to come alongside girls and their families as they navigate the developmental stages of adolescence, the school will welcome national expert on girl development, psychologist, and author Lisa Damour, PhD, to campus next week.

Damour is part of GPS’s speaker series, Understanding Girls, that has recently included social media expert Katey McPherson(Oct. 2017) and best-selling author of The Wonder of Girls Michael Gurian (June 2017).


Dr. Damour will address the community Thursday, March 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in GPS Frierson Theatre.

Her presentation, which is free and open to the public, will include the seven transitions outlined in her book, give parents tools for responding to their daughters’ moments of stress and anxiety, and more.

Due to anticipated large crowds, registration for the event is recommended.

“Dr. Damour provides a fresh and comprehensive perspective on girls and their relationships and offers ways for how we as parents and adults can best support them,” says Dr. Autumn Graves, GPS Head of School. “Her expertise, backed by research and presented in an easily digestible and relatable manner throughout her book, is why I am so excited she is coming to share her insight with us.”

A condensed session will be offered to parents Friday, March 16, 9 to 9:45 a.m., in GPS Caldwell Commons for those unable to attend Thursday evening.

Also on Friday morning, Dr. Damour will speak with GPS faculty and staff as well as invited area educators about growth vs. fixed mindset in girls and finding those teachable moments in and out of the classroom. She will then address the GPS student body.

In her book “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood,” Dr. Damour assures parents that their daughter’s teenage years don’t have to feel like a tangled mess for them or for her.

There’s a predictable pattern to how girls grow, a blueprint for adolescent development, and Dr. Damour pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why a teen girl’s erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. “Untangled” prepares parents for what’s to come, and lets them know when it’s time to worry.

Drawing on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct—and absolutely normal—developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups, Dr. Damour helps parents understand, connect, and grow with their daughters. When they know what makes their daughter tick, parents can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.

Dr. Damour directs Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, writes the monthly Adolescence column for the Well Family section of The New York Times, and is a regular contributor at CBS News. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice and also consults and speaks internationally.

Her New York Times best-selling book, “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood,” has been hailed by Dr. Michael Thompson as “the best description of the female adolescent journey that I have ever read” and by The Washington Post as “the most down-to-earth, readable parenting book I’ve come across in a long time.”

She graduated with honors from Yale University and then worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She draws on years of clinical experience and the latest research to provide sound, practical guidance to girls as well as to their parents, teachers, and advocates.