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Whether you’re looking for professional development training in neuroscience and brain health, you want practical strategies you can use in the workplace, or you’re eager to learn more about how to have a healthier, happier brain,

I’m here to share my neuro-knowledge with you …

Neuroscience Training

Free Neuroscience Training

for Coaches, Therapists, Educators, Health & Wellness Professionals.

This 10-day masterclass gives you practical guidance and professional-level tuition in brain science basics. You’ll learn:

  • What neuroplasticity IS (and isn’t) and how it underpins development and change
  • How life experiences sculpt the brain
  • Why visualisation is 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 big mindset shifts
  • Why warm caring relationships are the foundation for change
  • What a Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist had to say about the potential of psychotherapy
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I want to thank you for the gentleness with which you nurture your students, and for the excitement you create for neuroscience and its opportunities.

Anthony Haywood
Dean at St Joseph's College in Brisbane

Sarah is like a personal shopper for neuroscience: she finds the most relevant, current, credible research regarding the brain and the coach approach and presents it to you in a way that you can actually utilise with clients.

Kathleen Buchanan
Wellness Coach and Yoga Teacher
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The Neuroscience Academy

A 12-week professional development online program in Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health.

A 12-week professional development online program in Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health.

The Neuroscience Academy is an internationally acclaimed, online course designed to equip professionals who find joy in the pursuit of knowledge with a robust and useful foundation in brain science.

Graduates include coaching professionals, psychologists, educators and teachers, mental health and social workers, managers and leaders, personal trainers, mindfulness practitioners, neurofeedback providers and teachers. They’re smart, savvy, curious people with a sincere desire to help their clients, patients or students and make positive change in the world.

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An extraordinary package of learning with such fresh perspectives and approaches. What a journey of learning!

Denise Bjorkman
International and Human Rights Lawyer

Probably one of the most impactful programmes I have ever participated on since my return to education (at age 30) twenty nine years ago. Dr Sarah and The Neuroscience Academy, have played a large role in changing the course of my life.

Derek O'Kelly
Peak Performance and Wellbeing Coach

If the work you do facilitates change in:

  • Thinking 
  • Feeling 
  • Behaviour 

And builds skills needed to support those changes like:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Critical thinking + decision making
  • Motivation + goal setting
  • Resilience + Optimism
  • Healthy lifestyle habits

Then The Neuroscience Academy will provide you with strategies and skills built on science. Enrol and gain access to the latest in brain biology and smart conversations with like-minded people. 

Students graduate with The Neuroscience Academy Certificate of completion in Applied Neuroscience & Brain Health which can be used for claiming 27 hours of professional development (CPD/CME/CCE) credits.

Curriculum, Graduate Testimonials, Enrolment and Fee details and other FAQs can be found at The Neuroscience Academy.

The course has given me more confidence to speak up against certain loud voices in the coaching space and in favour of coaches (often female) with more integrity.

- Rebecca Kornmel,
Leadership and performance coach

I have developed confidence in explaining key neuroscience nuggets to clients using basic language! These nuggets can often shift perceptions and make a real life difference to how clients view their path to wellness.

- Emer Duffy,
Occupational Therapist.

want more information?

Download a Program Overview

Download the free PDF outlining everything you need to know about The Neuroscience Academy!

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Speaking and Workshops

Looking for a brain science expert for your next conference, live event, podcast, radio interview or television show?

I take brain science and convey it in a straightforward, relevant and highly engaging way, weaving in stories and strategies that promote peak performance, creativity, health, and wellbeing.

For professionals, I distil neuroscience, health psychology and principles of coaching into practical tools and strategies for use in the clinic, classroom or corporation.

For general audiences, I share my neuro-knowledge and top tips for better mind health and longevity.

Popular topics include:

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In Her Head

The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness.

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A 'Bottom-Up Outside-In Top-Down' Approach

to brain health and well-being across the lifespan.

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Nature, Nurture & Neuroplasticity

Implications for policy and practice.

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Refire to Rewire

Six steps to tap in adult neuroplasticity, learning and change.

want more information?

Speaking and Workshops Information

Download the free PDF outlining everything you need to know about having me speak at your next live event!

A rare science writer who is as powerful from the podium as she is on the page.

Dr Justin Coleman
President, Australasian Medical Writers Association

A rare science writer who is as powerful from the podium as she is on the page.

Dr Justin Coleman
President, Australasian Medical Writers Association

Dr Sarah McKay is the real deal. There are many people who have jumped on the ‘brain bandwagon’ without any formal qualifications in neuroscience. Not only does Sarah have the academic quals, having completed her PhD at Oxford University, she has that rare strength of being able to translate science into everyday practice. Sarah’s sessions focus not only on boosting brain-power but aim to help people live their best lives. I can’t recommend Sarah too highly.

Dr Suzy Green
The Positivity Institute

Dr Sarah McKay is the real deal. There are many people who have jumped on the ‘brain bandwagon’ without any formal qualifications in neuroscience. Not only does Sarah have the academic quals, having completed her PhD at Oxford University, she has that rare strength of being able to translate science into everyday practice. Sarah’s sessions focus not only on boosting brain-power but aim to help people live their best lives. I can’t recommend Sarah too highly.

Dr Suzy Green
The Positivity Institute

Past Speaking Events:

Nature Nurture & Neuroscience. Child and Adolescent Brain Development. Implications for Policy & Practice. Compass Seminars. New Zealand. March 2020.

International Association of Applied Neuroscience. Portside Conference Centre. In Her Head. Lessons from writing a book about the female brain. May 2019.

Australian Hypnotherapists Association NSW branch workshop. June 2019. REFIRE to REWIRE. 6 steps to rewire your brain (and master anything).

International Coaching Federation NSW branch workshop. The neuroscience of habits and coaching for change. June 2018.

Happiness and its Causes 2019. ICC, Sydney. In Her Head. Lessons from writing a book about the female brain. June 2019.

Genanzzano Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences. Science of Learning Conference. The Neurobiology of the Will and the Way. August 2019.

Writers Live – Dr Sarah McKay introduces The Woman’s Brain Book, Berkelouw Books, Mona Vale. April 2018.

Nurture Your Brain for Life with Dr Sarah McKay. Five Dock Library, Sydney, NSW. April 2018.

Revive 2018. Sheraton Mirage. Sheraton Mirage 29 July 2018.

How to write a popular science book. Australasian Medical Writers Conference. Melbourne, VIC. August 2018.

9 Habits for Highly Healthy Brains. Golden Door. Hunter Valley, NSW. September 22 2018

In Her Head. Business Chicks. Movers and Breakers Conference. Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. October 2018. *sold out.

Women's Wellbeing Symposium. Otago University, Dunedin, NZ. November 2018.

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Expert Spokesperson & Brand Ambassador

I’ve acted as an expert spokesperson and brand ambassador for media campaigns for companies including SodaStream, Philips Lighting, Allianz Insurance and Alzheimer's Australia.

Today, neuroscience has a 'seductive allure', and I believe it's important to share evidence-based information and the latest research on the brain, brain health, mental wellbeing and applied neuroscience in a clear and easy to understand way.

If you’d like to explore working together, please connect me directly: drsarahmckay@gmail.com

If your query is related to The Women's Brain Book or publishing, please contact my literary agent Jeanne Rykmans at Cameron's Management.

Previous writing and consulting clients include:

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