Hi, I’m Dr Sarah McKay
I’m an Oxford University-educated neuroscientist, author, speaker and director of Think Brain's suite of online professional training programs in brain health and applied neuroscience.
My first book, The Women's Brain Book: The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness was published in 2018.
My second book, Baby Brain: The surprising neuroscience of how pregnancy and motherhood sculpt our brains and change our minds (for the better) is was published in April 2023.
I teach coaches, therapists, teachers and other helping professionals how to thoughtfully apply insights and tools from neuroscience to their work.
Here’s how you can work with me
d. Speaking & Workshops
I'm always thrilled to speak about how neuroscience research can support peak performance, creativity, health and well-being.
I regularly present to organisations and businesses on the neurobiology of uncertainty and the practical application of neuroscience within leadership and HR.
I have a particular interest in women's brain health and how the brain changes during puberty, pregnancy and menopause.
For professional audiences, I distil neuroscience and health psychology into practical tools and strategies for use in the clinic, classroom or corporation.
For a general audience, I distil brain science, connect dots between ideas, and translate my findings into straightforward, relevant, and engaging stories.
I'm happy to work with you to create a bespoke talk, workshop or Q&A session, face-to-face or virtually, based on your audience and requirements.
“I have known Sarah since we were graduate students. She was always an extremely sharp thinker about science; she likes to challenge things but with an openness to possibility. It's hard to maintain sharp-edged curiosity without becoming cynical. But Sarah did that as a graduate student. And she does that now.”
Professor Andrew Huberman, The Huberman Lab Podcast.
e. Free Neuroscience Training
For Coaches, Therapists, Educators, Health & Wellness Professionals.
This 10-day email-based masterclass gives you practical guidance and professional-level tuition designed to improve neuroscience literacy. You'll learn how to thoughtfully discuss neuroscience in your work in the clinic, classroom or corporation.
- What neuroplasticity actually is and how it changes over the lifespan.
- How our life experiences sculpt the brain.
- Why visualisation is nearly the same to the brain as the real experience.
- How emotions shape our memories (and why most memories are imperfect).
- How understanding even a little neuroscience can foster huge mindset shifts.
- Why warm, caring relationships are the foundation for all behaviour change.
- What a Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist had to say about the power of psychotherapy.
Dr. McKay is a vivacious and entertaining guide into the fascinating world of brain science.
- John Mekrut, The Balanced Brain.
g. Watch Sarah's TEDx Talk
Click on the arrows to view segments from Sarah's ABC TV science documentary Living Longer: Brain.
Dr Sarah McKay is one of Australia’s most well-known brain science commentators and authors.
She’s been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Grazia, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and Body & Soul, and has been featured on SBS Insight, ABC Radio National, Radio National, ABC Catalyst, and Channel 7.
Sarah is well-known for taking complex scientific concepts and conveying them in s informative, relevant and always entertaining.
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