She maintains an active speaking schedule outside of the classroom, talking to such groups as the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, the National Council on Disability, the Massachusetts Manic Depressive and Depressive Association, and the One Day University lecture series.
A few of Shelley’s most popular presentations include:
Your Creative Brain
Based on Shelley’s New Book
This talk motivates listeners to use their creative capacities and provides info on how our brains are creativity machines.
Enhancing Creativity Across the Lifespan
This talk, geared for an older audience, includes info on how the brain changes over time in ways that can actually enhance creativity and life satisfaction.
Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and You
Van Gogh, Schumann, and Isaac Newton are just of few of the creative luminaries that have been plagued by inner demons. This talk describes the connection between creativity and some forms of madness, and describes how scientists, including Dr. Carson herself, have been able to learn more about how we can enhance our own creative abilities by studying the eccentric geniuses of the past.
Psychological Resilience: Staying Strong Even in Bad Times
This talk is based on Shelley’s work with the Department of Defense project www.afterdeployment.org. This talk discusses what psychological skills are predictive of coming out on top after a negative life event.
Understanding Depression in America
Since 1950 the rates of depression in the U.S. have climbed every decade. Today, over 20 million Americans suffer from depression. Not only is the incidence of depression increasing but the age of onset is decreasing. What can explain this modern rise in depressive disorders? This talk analyzes the depression epidemic and presents an outline for “psychological immunization” as a method of prevention.
Why Did I Do That? The Psychology of Bad Choices
This humorous talk discusses why we occasionally do things that are not in our best interest.