Dr. Sternberg is in high demand as a keynote speaker for her combination of academic credibility, passion for science, compassion as a physician, and ability to make complex subjects highly accessible to a wide range of audiences. She lectures nationally and internationally to lay and professional audiences including scientific audiences and is frequently interviewed on radio, television, web and in print media on subjects including:
the science of the mind-body connection
stress and illness, belief and wellness
integrative – mind-body – medicine and health
spirituality, health and wellness
the role of place in health and wellbeing
designing for workplace wellbeing
embedding the seven domains of integrative health into the built environment (workplace, home, school)
Equally at ease and compelling in keynoting audiences as varied as lay, corporate, and scientific audiences. Her appearances include:
The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers
The Dalai Lama’s Mind and Life Institute
Fortune 500 Companies’ Chief Medical Officers
Medical and Design professional associations (Greenbuild, American Institute of Architects National Convention)
Dr. Sternberg’s many honors include:
Recognition by the National Library of Medicine as one of the women physicians who Changed the Face of Medicine.
The Anita Roberts National Institutes of Health Distinguished Woman Scientist Lectureship.
The FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation.
U.S. Public Service Award.
Honorary Doctorate in Medicine from Trinity College, Dublin.
Member and Chair of the National Library of Medicine’s Board of Regents.
Judge, Templeton Prize, The John Templeton Foundation.
Dr. Sternberg advises and collaborates with the US General Services Administration, the American Institute of Architects, and the US Green Building Council on the impact of the built environment and sustainable design on health and wellbeing.
Upcoming Speaking Events
Tucson Festival of Books – Sunday, March 10, 2:30-3:30pm MST
Past Speaking Events & Podcasts
LGA Architecture Fireside Chat – “Well at Work: Creating Wellbeing in any Workspace” – Feb 8, 2024
University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing – Jan 30, 2024
Innovations on Healthy Aging, University of Arizona Health Sciences, Dec. 6, 2023.
Creating Healthy Workspaces (February 2019)
Healing Spaces – The Science of Place and Well-Being
Why Place and Well-Being Are At the New Frontier of Medicine
The lecture was super insightful and I hope I can insightfully use this knowledge for my project… everything [Dr. Sternberg] presented was the perfect inspiration for [my] project direction! Thank you again. I will be grabbing [your] book for sure : )
—Anna Joy Lee, Product Design Student, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena CA LGA Fireside Chat, Feb. 8, 2024
“This was so encouraging– but grounded in wonderful research.”
“Inspiring perspective on healthy design for living and working spaces…. I’m going to find her 2 last books and see what more I can do.”
“The speaker was very engaging and information shared was largely accessible.”
— Feedback from participants in the January 2024 Wellbeing Series at the Baakken Center for Spirituality and Healing
The Chief Executives Organization and Health & Wellness at Canyon Ranch 2024 are grateful for Dr. Sternberg’s outstanding contribution to this year’s education program. The event proved to be a great success, and she was a critical part of that outcome! It was an honor to have her with us this year. Her contribution to the program was invaluable, and we know our participants appreciated her fresh perspective on wellness and physical and mental strength and renewal. Her contributions to this event made it a memorable experience for our members, and CEO is thankful for her participation.
—Jennifer Lehmann WengPresident & CEO Chief Executives OrganizationWashington, D.C. CEO at Canyon Ranch, Dec. 29, 2023
Dr. Sternberg was a very special guest speaker to our campus. She created an
engaging classroom experience for our students, and was generous with her
expertise and experience. Her public talk was well-received by our community
and drew students, faculty, and staff from around campus. She has a
particular gift for making connections between complicated ideas that
engaged everyone in the room.
—Corinne NessDean, Division of Arts and HumanitiesCarthage CollegeKenosha, WI, Jan 19, 2024
Your talk at the Intentional Spaces Summit was so inspiring and thought
Dr. Sternberg’s presentation, “Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and
Well-being”, provides an understanding of how places, like sounds and
smells, can not only trigger memories and emotions, but our ability to heal
ourselves. The use of her own incredible life experience with healing draws
the audience in and helps each person leave with a commitment to pay more
attention to the where in their lives.
—Christina M. Rossetti, MSW Rossetti Consulting Group Conference Participant
Dr. Esther Sternberg proved to be the most engaging and accomplished speaker
we have ever heard at a conference. She was informative, knowledgeable and
made an effort to not only be a wonderful keynote speaker, but took the time
to be an active participant at our Neuroscience conference as well!
—Roy J. Thurston Ph.D.University of Mississippi
Dr. Esther Sternberg is not only a renowned neuroscientist, but also an
internationally recognized scholar whose collaborative research has led to
major discoveries regarding how the interactions between mind, body, stress,
and environment affect both illness and healing.
As Dean of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, and with the
support from the university’s Health Science Center and the College of
Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. I had the honor, privilege, and
pleasure of serving as the host for her public lecture on “Healing Space:
The Science of Place and Well-Being,” which she delivered to students and
faculty across the university, as well as to members of our local community,
in a most inspiring and thought provoking manner, leaving me with a strong
motivation for furthering a dialogue and an exploration of potential
Dr. Sternberg has a unique ability to communicate scientifically based
topics of great complexity to lay persons, to practicing professionals, and
to members of the academic community.
In my opinion, she truly transcends self, with a unique transdisciplinary,
transinstitutional, and transnational perspective on how physical
environments can heal.
—Dr. Jorge A. VanegasDean, College of Architecture Professor, Department of Architecture Texas A&M University And Research Professor, Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)Texas A&M University System
Dr. Esther Sternberg spoke at the inaugural McGill Complementary Health
Symposium in June 2016. Her talk was amazing and received some of the best
feedback we had for the day. She is a fantastic speaker and we were so
honored and grateful that she could be present with us. We could not have
done it without her!
—Adam Gavsie, MDCM, CCFP, ABOIM, ABIHM Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine McGill University
Contact Dr. Sternberg
The Expert in Mind-Body-Stress-Wellness-Environment Interrelationships
Dr. Sternberg offers keynote presentations, public speaking engagements, and literature regarding the science of mind-body interaction in illness and healing and the role of the built and natural environment on health and wellbeing. To get in touch with Dr. Sternberg, please use this form.