ABOUT

LU HANESSIAN

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Lu Hanessian is an award-winning journalist and twenty-five year veteran former television anchor turned neuroscience-based consultant, conflict resolution facilitator, trauma and resilience researcher, and biopsychosocial educator, trainer, speaker, and university adjunct, working across multiple sectors with companies, non-profits, educational institutions, individuals, and the public sector.

 

As founder of Integrate Resilience [REALM], Lu distills multidisciplinary scientific research and practices to design and implement trauma-informed, resilience-oriented programs; facilitates neuroscience-based mindful leadership development; supports staff and school communities in developing stress resilience and trauma-sensitive, non-violent communication skills; works with teams and companies to integrate proactive collaborative resilience-building skills as foundational to co-creating a culture of safety, trust, inclusivity, dignity and diversity, empowerment and choice. 

She integrates research and science-based practices from interpersonal neurobiology, attachment and developmental neuroscience, affect and cognitive sciences, neuropsychology of peace-building and conflict resolution, trauma-informed K to college education and social-emotional learning, and bio-psychosocial ecosystems of individual and collective resilience and wellbeing.

 

In the educational domain, Lu designs and teaches workshops, certificate programs, college courses, and expert trainings, and consults on trauma-literate pedagogy and interdisciplinary trauma-informed curriculum development. 

Since 2010, Lu has been the founder and director of Parent2ParentU, an online educational resource and community supporting parents and families, through strengths-based, trauma-sensitive, biopsychosocial education, grounded in attachment science, neuroscience, developmental and affect psychology, and the science of relational resilience.

 

As an independent researcher, Lu is exploring the generative dynamics of personal resilience and traumatic experiences, pathways of adversarial growth, how they manifest in the (in)formation of new narratives around self-agency and self-reported stories of transformation through adversity, and how these personal experiences might promote restorative processes, relational safety, trust, and belonging in group contexts for collective resilience. 

Lu Hanessian is an award-winning journalist, author, former NBC network anchor and Discovery Health Channel host, as well as host of more than thirteen shows, with more than 25 years of national and international broadcast journalism experience. She has been a guest on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, Today, The View, and other programs. She has parlayed her vast experience into resilience-centered media literacy, research, advocacy, and consultation, with a lens on trauma-informed journalism, public health, and the "neuroethics of news". 

Her articles and essays have been published in The New York Times, Mindful, Mothering, USA Today, and more. Her newest book Return to Tender, on the power of parent-child connection, will be published later this year. She has written two illustrated books The Garden: A Parenting Parable and Picnic on a Cloud, brought to visual life by artist Tanya Leonello.

Lu holds a Master of Science degree in Conflict Management and Resolution MSc from the University of San Diego Kroc School for Peace and Justice Studies. 

She is host of the upcoming podcast "The Foreseeable Now" (Mindful MediaWorks, Fall 2021).

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