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David Roland

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Dr David Roland is a writer, speaker and psychologist. He worked as a clinical and forensic psychologist for more than twenty years before focussing on writing and speaking. He is an Honorary Associate with the University Centre for Rural Health, University of Sydney, and a founding member of Compassionate Mind Australia. 

David is the author of The Power of Suffering: growing through life crises (Simon & Shuster). This book features the real life stories of incredible people who not only survived their crises but grew through their experience in transformative ways. David explains the new field of post-traumatic growth through these stories.

The memoir How I Rescued My Brain: a psychologist’s remarkable recovery from stroke and trauma (Scribe) describes how David set about implementing his own rehabilitation plan using neuroplasticity, psychology and social connection. The Confident Performer (NewSouth) is a self-help guide for anyone in the performance space came out of David’s PhD research into performance anxiety in musicians.

David is published in Best Australian Science Writing 2015. He has been featured in national and international publications, radio and television. In 2015, he was awarded the Stroke Foundation’s Creative Award. 

David’s speaks on growing through adversity, managing disruption and finding new opportunities when old ways close. He is noted for his warmth, humour and humanity with an ability to convey complex ideas into everyday language.

David is also an engaging MC and interviewer.

David has run workshops for Resilience NSW and for Writers NSW, on ”Writing your new story after trauma.’

David’s Youtube channel ‘ Compassion in Action’, is here.

Listen to an interview with David Roland on Big Ideas, ABC Radio.

Below is a webinar recorded in early April 2020, on the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic:

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