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Wendy Suzuki

Professor & Internationally Recognized Expert on Brain Plasticity


  • The Astonishing Effects of Exercise on the Brain
  • Anxiety Is your Superpower
  • Protecting your Brain and the Future of Work in the Age of Covid-19
  • Maximizing Your Mental Health in the Age of Covid-19


New York
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Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D. is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University. Her research has focused on the brain’s astounding ability to change, learn and adapt to the environment (i.e., brain plasticity) and is known for her studies of the brain areas important for memory, for her studies of a brain-changing effects of physical activity on the brain and most recently, the powerful role of brain plasticity in our personal approach to anxiety.

Dr. Suzuki’s first book, Healthy Brain, Happy Life (Dey Street Books) offers the real science of how exercise effects your brain. Using Suzuki’s journey from frumpy, fat and frustrated to fit and fabulous as a guide, Healthy Brain, Happy Life offers not just the hows of making exercise an important part of life, but the whys of the benefits it brings. Movement is just the first step to having a healthy brain and a happy life. Once you get your body and mind hooked on exercise, you bring in practices in mindfulness to calm stress and allow your minds to wander to unlock creativity. In this fascinating book, Suzuki makes neuroscience easy to understand, interweaving her personal story with ground-breaking research, and offering practical, short exercises—4 minute Brain Hacks—to engage your mind and improve your memory, your ability to learn new skills, and function more efficiently. Taking us on an amazing journey inside the brain as never before, Suzuki helps us unlock the keys to neuroplasticity that can change our brains, or bodies, and, ultimately, our lives.

In Dr. Suzuki’s newest book Good Anxiety, she has transformed the definition of anxiety from one of our least favorite emotions to one of the most powerful self-help tools we never knew we had. Good Anxiety gets at the complex web of interactions that make up anxiety’s underlying brain pathways and reveals how all of us can learn not only how to better manage difficult, negative emotions, but also use the learning and wisdom that come from those negative emotions to improve our daily lives. As in Healthy Brain, Happy Life, she weaves her own personal anxiety story, with cutting edge research as well as some of the most recent findings from own lab. Dr. Suzuki’s innovative new approach puts us in charge of our own anxiety once and for all.

Suzuki is known for her innovative and engaging teaching and lecture style that often has audience members exercising as part of her lecture. She is also a pioneer in bringing physical activity and meditation into her New York University undergraduate classroom and is currently studying the effects of a range of brain health and wellness interventions on mood and cognitive functions in a wide range of age groups and demographic populations. See even more videos, podcasts and interviews at: www.wendysuzuki.com. Currently, Suzuki resides in New York.


Praise for Wendy Suzuki:

"Dr. Wendy Suzuki brought a crowd of 700 to their feet, exercising both mind and body, as part of the popular SciCafe series at the American Museum of Natural History. Attendees came away with a strong understanding of the effects of aerobics on the brain (and even stronger biceps). Wendy is an adept science communicator with a unique ability to empower, engage, and excite an audience."
--Kira Lacks, Public Programs Manager, American Museum of Natural History

Remarks from American Museum of Natural History Attendees:

"Dr. Suzuki was wonderful! The only exercise I've gotten in a while!"

"Amazing, engaging speaker. Loved working out with her and that she didn't rely on slides."

"Surprising and unexpected!"

"It exceeded my expectations. Dr. Suzuki was the best speaker I have ever heard! Super! Great enthusiasm for subject matter!"

Remarks from Neilson Corporation Event Attendees:

"She was very interesting and captivating and I learned a lot."

"I actually found myself sitting at my desk doing the movements in my chair."

"She was very energetic, engaging and very inspiring."

Praise for Good Anxiety:

“Neuroscientist Suzuki (Healthy Brain, Happy Life) proposes that anxiety is not only useful, but essential to living in the modern world in this helpful self-guide guide.”
--Publishers Weekly

"Suzuki shows readers how to identify triggers, acknowledge anxieties, and use them to promote such superpowers as resilience, compassion, creativity, and empathy... [a] reassuring book."

“[Suzuki] draws on her academic expertise and her struggles with anxiety after the deaths of her father and brother in an attempt to shift thinking around the emotion.”
--Publishers Weekly

“As I always tell my psychiatric patients, having some anxiety is a good thing. The key is learning to use your brain to transform the way you think about anxiety so you can tap into its secret powers. That’s why I love Good Anxiety so much. It offers a handy toolbox to transform your anxiety from a downer to a superpower.”
--Daniel G. Amen, MD, psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and twelve-time  New York Times  bestselling author of  Change Your Brain, Change Your Life  and  Your Brain Is Always Listening

“Anxiety isn’t a weakness—it’s your brain telling you that it’s time for a change. And in this incredibly insightful book Dr. Wendy Suzuki breaks down exactly the whats, whys, and hows to actually flip your perspective and turn your anxiety into the secret weapon you can use to actually get the life you want. She will transform your kryptonite into your super power!”
--Lisa Bilyeu, co-founder of Impact Theory

“GOOD ANXIETY is a must-read for anyone interested in harnessing their full power in creativity and productivity in all areas.”
--Eve Rodsky, New York Times Bestselling Author of Fair Play and Find Your Unicorn Space

“Everyone feels anxious at times but "Good Anxiety" shows us that not only can we learn to live with anxiety but we can make it work for us too. Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University, shares scientific facts in a comprehensive and relatable way. She then offers clear tools and strategies to help us live a fuller life.”
--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change