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Girls on the Brink-Raising Emotionally Healthy Girls: An Evening of Conversation with Author Donna Jackson-Nakazawa

Adolescent girls today tend to be more prone to depression and self-harm than ever before. It is this disturbing trend that led award-winning author Donna Jackson Nakazawa to research the science behind this growing crisis, interview girls about their adolescent experiences, investigate supportive solutions, and write about it in her new book, Girls on the Brink: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media. Join CFAAC on September 28 as local pediatrician Dr. Faith Hackett interviews Donna to explain the research behind the book and discuss new findings that reveal that the crisis facing today’s adolescent girls is both a psychosocial and a biologically rooted phenomenon. Through her conversation with Dr. Hackett, Donna will reveal some effective strategies for raising emotionally healthy girls, which are detailed in the book. She will host a question-and-answer session after the talk.


    With this option attendees will receive a copy of the book, Girls on the Brink: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media, published by Random House/Harmony. Attendees will also receive a Book Club Kit, which includes a Q&A with Donna and a sneak peek of excerpts from the Introduction and the chapter, Is This a Toxic Era for Girls? before the event. The book, designed to be a guide for parents, families, and all, to help secure a healthy emotional inner life for our young girls, will be published on September 13, 2022, and all participants who register by September 21 will receive their books in time for the event. Paid registrations after September 21 may receive books after the event. Reserve your seat today for this enlightening, must-attend program.
    With this option, attendees will receive just the zoom link for the event to participate in the conversation. Attendees will not receive a copy of the book, the Book Club Kit, or the sneak peek.

​This event is open to the public and is part of CFAAC's Community Impact Speaker Series.


Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning science journalist, author of seven books, and an internationally-recognized speaker whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and human emotion. Her upcoming book, Girls on the Brink: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media will be published on September 13, 2022 by Random House/Harmony. (NOTE: Participants will receive a copy before the event if they register by September 21.) Donna’s other books include: The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine, named one of the best books of 2020 by “Wired” magazine, Childhood Disrupted, a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award, and The Last Best Cure. Her writing has appeared in “Wired,” “The Boston Globe,” “Stat,” “The Washington Post,” and “Health Affairs.” Donna received the AESKU lifetime achievement award and the National Health Information Award for her writing on health and science. She has appeared on The Today Show and NPR and is a regular speaker at universities and conferences, including the Harvard Division of Science Library Series, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins, the Learning & the Brain® Conference, and the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Donna is also the creator and founder of the narrative writing-to-heal program, Your Healing Narrative, which uses a process called Neural Re-Narrating™ to help participants recognize and override their brain’s old thought patterns and internalized stories, and create a new, powerful, inner healing narrative that calms the body, brain, and nervous system.

You can follow her on:
Twitter: @DonnaJackNak | Instagram: @DonnaJacksonNakazawa | Facebook: @donnajacksonnakazawaauthor


Dr. Faith Hackett is a board-certified pediatrician in Severna Park, Maryland. She grew up in New Jersey with seven brothers and sisters and always wanted to be a pediatrician. Faith graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School, and completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution. Faith is married to Dr. Jeffrey Schmidlein and has two grown children, PJ and Nicky. She has been in practice in Severna Park Maryland for 35 years. She is currently taking care of second and third generation families.

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September 28, 2022

Location | Virtual
Time | 7:00pm to 9:00pm

September 28 - 7:00PM


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