Biography


Dr. Maria Sirois is an inspirational speaker, consultant, and licensed psychologist who has worked in the fields of wellness and positive psychology for twenty years.  As a positive psychologist (Psy.D.) she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and rampant humor, Maria brings a depth of experience in personal and leadership development for corporate and non‐profit professionals, as well as community members, parents, and those who serve in the health and wellness arenas. Her work in the medical, legal, human service, financial, technology and educational sectors focuses on building capacity and engagement around chronic stressors such as conflicting goals, difficult conversations, unrealistic expectations and moments of failure — using such moments to leverage sustained positive shifts in perspective and ability. 

In addition to her training and consultine work, she offers online learning and blended learning programs here and abroad, focused on building resilience, levergaging optimism and strengthening capacity within teams, families and organizations. Recently, she has created a webinar series for presenters, keynoters, teachers and workshop leaders who seek to enable audiences to successfully sustain positive transformation.  Teaching for Transformation combines the wisdom of positive psychology with the art of mastery teaching and attendees from around the world have begun to implement her understandings of how to craft a program so that audiences are informed, deeply inspired, and motivated to integrate habit change. 

Her clinical work brings the bounty of positive psychology and mind/body medicine to families and children facing terminal illness, and to the staff who care for them. Trained at the New England Deaconness Mind/Body Clinic (Boston, Mass.) and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, Mass.) she currently works as a consultant to families, psychology staffs and hospital and hospice organizations. She received her doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 1993.  

An author as well, Maria has published two works:  A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (and Other Dark, Difficult Times) brings together the science of positive psychology and the art of resilience to offer a curriculum of sorts for those who are seeking strength, uplift and meaning while wrestling with the harshness of life.  Each reflection offers wisdom and practical guidance for those who are suffering from pain, loss, shock, managing chronic stress, or experiencing the disappointments and loneliness of life.    

"Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith and Resilience From Children Facing Illness is the tale of Maria's psychology internship at Dana-Farber. Every Day Counts brings to us the wisdom of the children she treated, wisdom that reminds us in essence that there is no time but now to live life with an open heart. Fearless when facing the suffering of our children, and determined to bring forth the gifts they offer, it is a book, as Paul Newman has written, "{of} great courage, something to lean on in tough times." Compassion abounds in this book, for the children, for those that love them, and for the caregivers of our world.



"Every Day Counts is one of the most important books to read for people who are working with very sick and terminally ill children. Rarely are readers allowed such an up close and personal view of what it’s like to watch a child face disease and to help the child do so in a way that preserves their own dignity and choices. Not only does the book teach how to live along side the suffering of children, it informs the reader about using any challenging and painful life experience to grow and become more whole. The book has become a training tool for the staff working at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp."

-Karen P. Carlson, Ph.D.
Psychologist, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Lecturer, Yale University Child Study Center



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