Author Archives: Melissa J Johnson PhD

The Power of Yoga for Teens During COVID-19

—Melissa Johnson, PhD Psychologist, CEO of the Institute for Girls’ Development What are your teens doing to de-stress and stay energized during this challenging time? Moving our bodies, stretching, challenging our physical selves are all great ways to release our every day tensions. Yoga is one movement modality that is particularly effective for teens right

How to Help Girls Dissect Media and Advertisement Messaging

How to Help Girls Dissect Media and Advertisement Messaging Check out this great resource from Kids in the House on media literacy and helping girls to be critical thinkers, featuring our CEO and Founder, Dr. Melissa Johnson: Alternative link: For more information on elementary education visit  

Using Our Imaginations for Good! Guided Imagery & Other Experiential Tools for Relaxation and Stress Reduction

There is an old saying that “whatever you give your attention to grows.” Think about how that plays out–in your garden or your work, with your children, or with your worries and fears. In times of stress, guided imagery offers one strategy for shifting our attention to positive resources. Guided imagery helps us to enter

Leaders Go First: Taking the Lead in the World of Friendship

An important wish for most children and teens is good friendships. Belonging, being part of a trustworthy group, having fun. Yet, their conversations frequently turn to friendship challenges. “There’s this really mean kid at school!” “Someone was gossiping today at lunch–about me! Yikes!” “I really blew it. Didn’t invite one of my good friends to

After the election: Conversations with our children

In the aftermath of the divisive 2016 election, many parents are asking, “How do we talk to our children?” Many parents acknowledge that they are experiencing big feelings, lots of questions, and a desire to identify action steps for healing and moving forward. They’ve also shared that their children are having many of these same

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