Biography


Dr. Maria Sirois is an inspirational speaker, consultant, and licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in the fields of wellness and positive psychology for twenty years.

As a lecturer and motivational speaker, Maria has been invited to keynote at conferences for wellness organizations, businesses, hospitals, hospices, religious and philanthropic institutions internationally. A master storyteller, her lectures and workshops combine powerful and moving anecdotes with rigorous research to enable teams, families and individuals to build a work life and a home life of capacity, grit, meaning and happiness. Addressing topics as diverse as "The Art and Science of Resilience," "Flourishing No Matter What," and "A Course in Happiness," she has been called both a "true teacher," and "an orator of great power and beauty." 

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.



"While I've been in the field for only 10 years, I've had great opportunities to meet numerous professionals in camping, professional development, business, fundraising, public speaking, etc. And as someonewho majored in Journalism and cares very deeply about words and the many ways we communicate with others, often times beyond words, I was so very impressed with the ways in which you communicated with us. Your passion, conviction, sensitivity, sense of humor and approach were admirable on many levels. I was drawn into your presentation from the start, and you held my attention and interest the entire session. I wish the session was longer. So I just wanted to say thank you, and not just for the session, but for doing what you do and how you do it. I wish there were so many more people in this world like you."

Jonah Geller, Executive Director, Tamarak Camps



Certificate in Positive Psychology

A year-long blended-learning course offering a whole-body approach to positive psychology and optimal well-being with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar and Dr. Maria Sirois, beginning Sept. 2016.

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