Since 1995, Matt Bellace has been traveling the country as a professional speaker and stand-up comedian. He has spoken in 46 states to a wide range of audiences, including SEAL Team Six and survivors of Sandy Hook. Dr. Bellace has a PhD in clinical neuropsychology and trained at both the National Institutes of Mental Health and the traumatic brain and spinal cord injury units of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He is the author of the book, “A Better High,” contributing author for National Geographic Kids, and was a regular on truTV’s, “World’s Dumbest.” Matt’s presentation will focus on reducing stress, natural highs and resilience.


Matt’s educational background reads more like that of a professor than a speaker and comedian.  He has always had a passion for neuroscience.  In fact, his doctorate in clinical psychology includes a subspecialty in clinical neuropsychology, which is the study of the brain and behavior.  In graduate school, he spent two summers as an intern studying memory in primates at the National Institutes of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. His doctoral work also included training in the treatment of epilepsy at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia), learning disorders in a pediatric neuropsychology private practice and psychotherapy at the Drexel University- Hahnemann Campus, Student Counseling Center.  Matt completed his clinical internship working with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury patients at The Mount Sinai Medical in New York City. In 2005, Matt successfully defended his dissertation, “Activation of the Hippocampus During Emotional Learning,” which was later published in the International Journal of Neuroscience.

Matt is currently lives with his wife and two children in the Princeton, NJ area. His wife, Dara, is also a clinical psychologist, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She maintains a private practice in Princeton.

Matt Bellace travels from New York