Events & Speaking Engagements

In her ten years as a science-based parenting columnist, Melinda has uncovered many surprising truths about raising kids. She has developed a deep knowledge of the child development research and is able to provide practical, evidence-based strategies on a range of issues, including how to raise anti-racist kids, how to help siblings get along, how to talk with kids about sex and pornography, how to handle screens and technology, and how to foster healthy self-esteem. She has shared her wisdom at schools, universities, professional conferences, and community events. Melinda also has experience talking about science journalism and science communication.

Melinda is available to give lectures or workshops on the following topics, which she has also covered for publications including The New York Times, Slate and Scientific American: 

  • Raising Anti-Racist and Anti-Sexist Kids
  • The Best Ways to Foster Kids’ Self-Esteem and Resilience
  • Five Parenting Instincts You Absolutely Shouldn’t Listen To
  • Why We Hurt Our Kids When We Rescue Them
  • How To Help Anxious Kids


Melinda can also be hired to give bespoke lectures or workshops on any of the topics covered in her book or articles.

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“A wonderful presentation! Her wisdom and humor shone through, and the audience learned so much.”

Joan Henderson, Advancement Director, The Island School, Bainbridge Island, WA

“After being captivated by her science-based parenting articles, we were honored to host Melinda on our webinar series. What a treat!  Her deep expertise inspired a chat that was more active than we had ever seen!”

Debbie Rosen, founder, the StudyPro Executive Function and Study Skills Center

“We were fortunate to have Melinda on as a guest speaker to our membership platform and it was beyond refreshing to have an expert who can speak to both real life parenting advice, while combining this with evidence-based, knowledgeable information.  She kept it real and parents walked away with actionable advice and tips!”

Emily Silver, NP-C, IBCLC, co-founder NAPS + Nurture by NAPS

“Melinda Wenner Moyer is one of the most down-to-earth, informative, inspiring, data-driven, hopeful and knowledgeable podcast guests I have ever interviewed.”

Joanna Mandell, host of the Clam Chatter podcast

Contact Melinda if you’re interested in booking her for an event or media appearance.

Upcoming Events



Virtual Open Mind

The Open Mind is a community film and lecture series that brings together thought leaders in science and culture to present programs about mental health issues as a free public service to the community.  Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, these programs were held in-person at UCLA but are now presented on a virtual zoom platform,  attracting a national and international audience.

Psychiatrist and parenting expert Robin Berman, MD, will join Melinda Wenner Moyer in conversation about her new book How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes.


SAT,  NOV 13 / 8:30AM EST

University of Scouting Fall Conference – Highland Falls, NY

Award-winning science journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer, author of How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes, will deliver the keynote lecture on raising kind kids at this fall training event for Scout leaders.

Past Events

Parenting / Book events

“Coping Now & Later: Building Resistance That Will Last a Lifetime,” a lecture hosted by the StudyPro Executive Function and Study Skills Center, January 28, 2021
“Are Your Kids Jerks?,” an interview with Melinda Wenner Moyer hosted by The Big Idea Club, August 18, 2021
The Strand Bookstore and Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books in conversation with Melinda Wenner Moyer and Christina Hillsberg, September 13, 2021
“How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Racist,” a lecture hosted by The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County, August 17, 2021
Book launch event for Melinda Wenner Moyer moderated by Emily Oster and hosted by Anderson’s Bookstore, July 20, 2021

Science events

“Science Stories: Where to Find Them and How to Vet Them,” a webinar for KSJ @ MIT, April 15, 2021
“Communicating Science in a Science-Skeptical World,” a conversation between Melinda Wenner Moyer and Scientific American publisher Jeremy Abbate, hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California, January 20, 2021
“Science Editing,” a webinar hosted by the European Conference of Science Journalism,  September 1, 2020
“The Joys and Trials of Science Writing,” 4th Annual Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine Annual Lectureship, Houston Methodist Hospital, December 10, 2019

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