Dr. Luana Marques

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  • Global Speaker, Author, Executive Coach
  • Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School
  • Author of 'Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power'
  • Former President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

As an Associate Professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Luana Marques has helped millions in her relentless efforts to equip everyone, everywhere, with the skills to thrive. Dr. Marques' influential work has been recognized by global platforms, including The Washington Post, VOX, Wall Street Journal, BIG THINK, Forbes, The New York Times, Good Morning America, and Face the Nation. She has also served as the Past President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) as well as the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power, a testament to her ability to distill complex scientific insights into accessible, actionable strategies. Dr. Marques’ decades of clinical and research experience implementing evidence-based practices encompass all types of roles and settings, from front-line staff to CEOs, diverse communities to organizations, both in the US and globally.

Dr. Marques offers the roadmap for high performers in high-octane environments to stay self-regulated, motivated, and thriving. Weaving together the threads of her personal story of overcoming adversity, trauma, and poverty while growing up in Brazil with the latest in her scientific psychological insights, Dr. Marques ensures that every audience member leaves with a personalized plan to overcome challenges and make their next bold move toward what matters most. Radiating an energetic blend of personal charisma and scholarly depth. Dr. Luana has inspired audiences in partnership with hosts including The Harvard Club, Moody's Shared Services, NAMI, and countless more.

 



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Past Hosts Include:
  • Ten Percent Happier
  • Fortier Public Relations
  • Harvard Club of the United Kingdom
  • Moody's Shared Services
  • Harvard 4 Public Health
  • Within Health
  • NAMI
  • Hacking HR
  • Heroic Productions
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
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A gifted public speaker, Dr. Luana merges her passion for her subject matter with ample experience and scientific research to offer useful insights that are relevant to every person in any audience. Her presentation was dynamic and interactive, responding in real-time to audience perceptions and questions.”

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Bold Leadership: A Senior Leader's Guide to Fostering Organizational Power

A study by Harvard Business Review (2021) revealed that 96% of senior leaders reported feeling 'burnt out' to some degree, with a third describing their burnout levels as extreme. In this transformational keynote, DR. LUANA MARQUES teaches leaders to become unstuck with her scientifically proven, 3 ...

A study by Harvard Business Review (2021) revealed that 96% of senior leaders reported feeling 'burnt out' to some degree, with a third describing their burnout levels as extreme.

In this transformational keynote, DR. LUANA MARQUES teaches leaders to become unstuck with her scientifically proven, 3-step strategy to overcome stress and pivot towards innovation and progress. With her transformative insights, leaders can reshape their leadership style to create a culture of resilience, creativity, and growth.

This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

  • Passionate about reaching the next level without burning out.
  • Seeking to increase their impact and promote organizational growth.
  • Leading organizations through challenging times, transitions, or workflow changes.

Audience Outcomes:

  • Understand the impact of psychology on decision-making and leadership effectiveness using cutting-edge research and real-world data.
  • Learn how to become unstuck in leadership, applying evidence-based strategies to harness anxiety as a driving force for change.
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for cultivating a bold leadership style that sparks innovation, strengthens culture, and boosts revenue.

Bold Work: Staying Motivated as a High Performer

An overwhelming 83% of US workers experience work-related stress, causing a significant impact on businesses due to missed workdays and healthcare expenses (American Institute of Stress, 2022). LUANA MARQUES challenges burnout by identifying the actual enemy keeping employees stuck - psychological ...

An overwhelming 83% of US workers experience work-related stress, causing a significant impact on businesses due to missed workdays and healthcare expenses (American Institute of Stress, 2022).

LUANA MARQUES challenges burnout by identifying the actual enemy keeping employees stuck - psychological avoidance. Drawing from her Harvard-based research, Dr. Luana provides actionable strategies that empower employees to overcome psychological avoidance and harness their anxiety to drive productivity and success.

This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

  • Operating in fast-paced, high-stakes environments.
  • Passionate about achieving their goals, but feel stuck, drained, and stressed.
  • Searching for proven skills to increase workplace productivity and improve performance.

Audience Outcomes:

  • Learn about the most common hindrance to work performance – psychological avoidance.
  • Gain a clear understanding of how avoidance is impacting your productivity.
  • Discover evidence-based strategies to overcome psychological avoidance and turn pressure into power.
  • Develop a personalized action plan to manage workplace stress, prevent burnout, and enhance your performance at work.

Bold Study: Academic Success Without Stress

Harvard-based psychologist DR. LUANA MARQUES empowers students to unlock their full potential with science-based steps to improve confidence, become unstuck, and pursue greatness. In this transformative keynote, Dr. Luana introduces her comprehensive 3-step method to help students and educators unde ...

Harvard-based psychologist DR. LUANA MARQUES empowers students to unlock their full potential with science-based steps to improve confidence, become unstuck, and pursue greatness. In this transformative keynote, Dr. Luana introduces her comprehensive 3-step method to help students and educators understand and overcome psychological avoidance. Drawing upon her extensive experience working with students in both private and public schools across the globe, Dr. Marques empowers participants with science-driven skills to elevate academic performance, enhance resilience, and adeptly navigate personal and professional growth with a newfound sense of confidence.

This keynote is ideal for students who are:

  • Looking to conquer stress about both school and the future.
  • Passionate about achieving their academic goals.
  • Seeking lifelong skills to reach their full potential.

Audience Outcomes:

  • Understand how psychological avoidance impacts student performance and personal growth, leveraging the latest scientific research and real-world data.
  • Learn to identify and overcome psychological avoidance using science-based strategies to transform anxiety into a tool for academic success.
  • Develop a personalized action plan to manage stress, overcome psychological avoidance, bolster resilience, and promote academic achievement.

Bold Planning: Unlocking a Powerful Future

A study by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that nearly half of recent college graduates felt "a great deal of stress" and uncertainty about their future (2021). Harvard-based psychologist DR. LUANA MARQUES uses scientifically backed advice to face major life transitions with ...

A study by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that nearly half of recent college graduates felt "a great deal of stress" and uncertainty about their future (2021).

Harvard-based psychologist DR. LUANA MARQUES uses scientifically backed advice to face major life transitions with confidence. In this empowering keynote, Dr. Luana equips the graduating class with her scientifically proven, 3-step method to transform anxiety into action, turning uncertainty into a stepping-stone for personal and professional growth.

This keynote is ideal for students and recent graduates who are:

  • Uncertain about their future.
  • Transitioning into post-graduate life.
  • Seeking lifelong skills to navigate change, tame anxiety, and move boldly toward their goals.

Audience Outcomes:

  • Understand the impact of psychological avoidance on navigating post-graduation life decisions, drawing upon scientific research and real-world data.
  • Learn to identify and overcome psychological avoidance, utilizing science-backed strategies to transform anxiety into a tool for taking confident action.
  • Create a personalized roadmap for navigating the thrilling twists and turns of post-college life, building resilience, and setting the stage for a future filled with success.

Bold Move: 3 Science-Based Steps for Conquering Change

Change is hard, and seemingly more prevalent than ever. Transitions in relationship status, friendships, and living situations happen multiple times throughout our lives. Each transition—even the best kind—creates stress and instability that threatens well-being. Moving forward requires identifying ...

Change is hard, and seemingly more prevalent than ever. Transitions in relationship status, friendships, and living situations happen multiple times throughout our lives. Each transition—even the best kind—creates stress and instability that threatens well-being. Moving forward requires identifying the habits that hold us back and employing skills to get where we want in life. This action-oriented presentation on The Bold Move™ empowers audience members to overcome the one common obstacle preventing them from reaching their goals so they can move boldly through change, discomfort, and stress.

This keynote is ideal for individuals, leaders, and teams that are:

  • Striving to be their best at work and home.
  • Passionate about achieving their goals, but feel stuck, drained, and stressed.
  • Searching for proven skills to navigate change.

Audience Outcomes:

  • Learn how the biological system designed to keep us safe can increase discomfort and stress.
  • Identify the one common obstacle that prevents us from reaching our goals.
  • Understand how to turn anxiety into power by changing the way your brain processes information.
  • Discover your personal compass to help you navigate through the choppy waters of life.
  • Develop a personalized action plan to manage stress, combat avoidance, and enhance your performance.
  • Be inspired and empowered to make your next bold move.

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<p><strong>Dr. Luana Marques impacts hundreds of businesses with the Better Business Bureau</strong></p>

Dr. Luana Marques impacts hundreds of businesses with the Better Business Bureau

Growth-oriented Harvard psychotherapist DR. LUANA MARQUES joined businesses from every sector and industry for her talk “Leading Boldly: Transforming Anxiety into Power,” an event held by the Better Business Bureau. In the live session, Dr. Marques shared tried-and-tested insights from her book, Bold Move, A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power. The Better Business Bureau shared that Dr. Marques’ insights will “get you out and on the road to a more meaningful life.”

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<p><strong>Harvard psychologist Dr. Luana Marques shares the power of aligning action with values</strong></p>

Harvard psychologist Dr. Luana Marques shares the power of aligning action with values

Growth-oriented Harvard psychotherapist DR. LUANA MARQUES applies her expertise in psychological flexibility to employee-centered approaches to wellness. Dr. Marques specializes in helping organizations and individuals move boldly through changes. Leaders can empower team members to build the specific skills needed to maintain well-being within the challenges of change.

Sharing her perspective with global news outlets such as The Washington Post, Dr. Marques converts high-level scientific insights into digestible, actionable takeaways for approaching work as the best version of yourself. She writes, “In moments of intense anxiety, we tend to let our emotions, not our values, dictate our actions…Aligning actions with values can reduce anxiety and improve the quality of our lives.”

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<p><strong>Dr. Luana Marques inspires readers to create a more confident and meaningful life in ‘Bold Move’ </strong></p>

Dr. Luana Marques inspires readers to create a more confident and meaningful life in ‘Bold Move’

Psychotherapist DR. LUANA MARQUES converts anxiety into strength in Bold Move: A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power. Echoing lessons learned while growing up in challenging circumstances in Brazil, Bold Move is Dr. Marques’ scientifically proven guide to overcoming anxiety. Her clinically proven approach to stress management has inspired her clients, from CEOs to at-risk teens, to reach a wide range of goals. She combines concrete examples, actionable exercises, and the most recent clinical and scientific research into a groundbreaking, transformative program that can help anyone overcome internal barriers to success.

Through Bold Move and in her actionable talks, Dr. Marques provides the courage to create a more confident and meaningful life by pinpointing the anxiety at the root of avoidance. Dr. Marques’ candid discussions of her own story, ability to mold complex scientific concepts into relatable and realistic advice, and actionable solutions connect to anyone looking for the tools to reach success. Dr. Marques’ three-step method helps everyone from teens in crisis to executives experiencing burnout jumpstart their dreams.

Watch Dr. Luana Marques' keynote on transforming anxiety here >>

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<p><strong> Dr. Luana Marques inspires by example </strong></p>

 Dr. Luana Marques inspires by example

Innovative psychotherapist DR. LUANA MARQUES draws from her personal experiences to teach others to overcome stress. After decades of research, teaching, and clinical practice, Dr Marques realized that the coping techniques she learned from her mother and grandmother while growing up in challenging circumstances in Brazil aligned seamlessly with science-based CBT therapy. The skill set Dr. Luana teaches is the same she used to overcome overwhelming circumstances and become an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Founder and Director of Community Psychiatry Pride at Massachusetts General Hospital, and former President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

Dr. Marques’ stress management strategies aim to improve performance and provide alignment while improving mental health, physical health, and relationships. She helps everyone, from anxious teens to burnt-out executives, get out of their rut and onto the path towards success.

Watch Dr. Luana Marques’ speaker reel here >>

Watch Dr. Luana Marques in conversation with The Mel Robins Podcast here >>

<p><strong>Harvard psychologist Dr. Luana Marques is revolutionizing workplace culture through her expertise in psychological flexibility </strong></p>

Harvard psychologist Dr. Luana Marques is revolutionizing workplace culture through her expertise in psychological flexibility

Growth-oriented Harvard psychotherapist DR. LUANA MARQUES applies her expertise in psychological flexibility to employee-centered approaches to holistic wellness. She has spent her career developing a science-based skill set to contend with discomfort. Using a universally applicable three-step method, Dr. Marques teaches individuals and organizations how to overcome stress and achieve their goals.

Dr. Marques’ advice is to shift perspectives, approach instead of avoid discomfort, and align actions to values. By following Dr. Marques’ three-step plan, teams can create long-term resilience resulting in the ability to weather any storm.

Watch Dr. Luana Marques' keynote on transforming anxiety here >>

Watch Dr. Luana Marques in conversation with The Mel Robins Podcast here >>

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Radiating an energetic blend of personal charisma and scholarly depth, Dr. Luana has emerged as a powerful force in the global speaking circuit. She is known for her captivating presence and dynamic storytelling that weaves together the threads of her personal journey and professional expertise to inspire transformation in her audiences.

Dr. Luana’s personal story of overcoming adversity, trauma, and poverty while growing up in Brazil provides authenticity and depth to her message. Today, as an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Past President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and bestselling author, Dr. Luana is a paragon of resilience, determination, and boldness.

Through decades of work as a researcher, clinician, author, and speaker, Dr. Luana has been relentless in her goal of equipping everyone, everywhere with skills to thrive. True to her mission, Dr. Luana is devoted to igniting action. Everyone who attends her events leaves with a personalized plan to overcome challenges and make their next bold move toward what matters most. Dr. Luana’s hidden superpower comes through during Q&A’s, where she meets people where they are and provides them with tools to get unstuck in real-time. Dr. Luana’s commitment to actionable insights sets her apart, leaving her audiences inspired and armed with science-backed tools for change.

Her latest critically acclaimed book, Bold Move, A 3-Step Plan to Transform Anxiety into Power, is a testament to her ability to translate complex scientific insights into actionable strategies. Whether she's addressing a roomful of CEOs, community leaders, or corporate teams, she empowers them with science-backed tools that they can implement immediately to catalyze change.

Dr. Luana's influential work has been recognized in numerous high-profile platforms, including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BIG THINK, Forbes, The New York Times, Good Morning America, and Face the Nation. She is also often featured in the top podcasts such as 10% Happier and The Mel Robbins Podcast.

Dr. Luana lives outside of Boston with her husband, David and their son Diego.