Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Award-winning journalist and internationally-recognized speaker Donna Jackson Nakazawa began writing at twelve years old, after her father passed away unexpectedly. Recording her thoughts and feelings in a journal helped her to make sense of a world without him. When she came to the last page of her diary, she wrote, “I think I’m going to be a writer.” Later, in college, she joined the staff of Duke’s literary journal. She received a grant to write in France. When she returned home, she enrolled in the Radcliffe Publishing Program and found work in the magazine industry as a science journalist. She began writing books. To date, she has authored 7 books which explore the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and human emotion. Her mission is to translate the latest science to help offer hope and healing. Donna's upcoming book, Girls on the Edge (September 2022), looks at today’s growing female adolescent mental health crisis, examines how chronic stress and trauma affect the female brain and body in uniquely powerful ways, and offers new hope for helping girls flourish. Her most recent book, The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine was named one of the best books of 2020 by Wired magazine. Donna’s other books include Childhood Disrupted, a finalist for the Books for a Better Life award, The Last Best Cure, The Autoimmune Epidemic, Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?, and How to Make the World a Better Place for Women. For her health-science reporting, she received the AESKU lifetime achievement award and the National Health Information Award. Donna is also the creator and founder of the narrative writing-to-heal program, Your Healing Narrative: Write-to-Heal With Neural Re-Narrating™, which uses the process of Neural Re-Narrating to help participants recognize and override their brain’s old thought patterns and internalized stories, and create a new, more powerful, inner healing narrative that calms the body, brain, and nervous system. Her writing has appeared in Wired, The Boston Globe, Stat, The Washington Post and Health Affairs. She has appeared on The Today Show and NPR and is a regular speaker at universities, organizations, and schools, including the 2020 Harvard Division of Science Library Series, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Arizona. Her books are in 12 languages. For more about Donna's books and courses: Instagram: @DonnaJacksonNakazawa Facebook: DonnaJacksonNakazawaauthor Twitter: @DonnaJackNak
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