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Dr Jodi Richardson

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Dr Jodi Richardson knows that at the heart of professional success and personal fulfilment is how we think and what we do.

An educational leader, Jodi supports professionals and parents to change their relationship with anxiety, dial it right down and light the way for colleagues, staff and their families to do the same.

Her impressive academic and professional achievements in the wellbeing, science and educational landscapes blend seamlessly with her innate caring nature, resulting in an interactive, research-based yet heart-warming and hope-inducing event experiences. It’s common for participants to leave feeling like an “old-friend” of Jodi’s, flocking to her for one last chat or an effusive thank you at live events.

Jodi is an international speaker, the best-selling author of ‘Anxious Kids’ and ‘Anxious Mums’ and a respected media commentator in the wellbeing and parenting space. Academically accomplished, professionally experienced and intrinsically compassionate, she has commented via The TODAY Show, ABC Breakfast, Studio 10, Sunrise, The Age, Weekend Today and more.



Parent Education
– Moving kids and teens from anxiety to resilience
– Expanding kids’ and teens’ anxiety coping toolkit (follow up from Anxiety to Resilience)
– Struggling well: Building resilient brains in kids and teens

Professional Development for Educators
– Boosting teachers’ mental health and happiness
– Moving kids and teens from anxiety to resilience

Senior Student Education
– What is anxiety, why it’s not all bad and what can I do about it?
– Resilience: So Much More Than Bouncing Back
– From Flat To Psychologically Flexible: Wellbeing Done Differently


“When booking a speaker for a conference or presentation, there are many who hold the desired qualifications, knowledge and expertise; however, booking a speaker who is an engaging and commanding speaker is another skill set entirely. It’s a rare combination to discover a speaker who speaks with credibility, but who also has the audience in the palm of her hand from the get go and yet this is what places Dr Jodi Richardson apart from other speakers. She is outstanding with regard to both content and delivery.

Jodi spoke at the ProPsych, “Mental Health in Schools Conference” in May of 2018. She was strategically placed as the final speaker on the last day of a two-day conference. It is no mean feat to willingly speak in this time slot and in many ways, it is a measure of the calibre of a speaker, as many delegates’ minds are beginning to wander as the weekend beckons. 

However, Jodi took to the stage in her gentle, yet confident manner and delivered a professional presentation to a venue full of educators and health professionals. No one left the venue. She drew the audience in with her carefully constructed and evidence based presentation, while also providing personal insight from her own journey and then coloured the topic with real life examples. The presentation was practical, personal, informative and beautifully prepared. It was skilfully delivered as Jodi is not one to rigidly straddle the lectern; she moves with ease on stage and her proximity to her audience is open and compelling.

If you are seeking a speaker of the highest calibre, well versed in the area of mental health, then I strongly recommend Dr Jodi Richardson. She is calm and composed, an expert in her field and a genuinely warm person with a desire to improve the mental health status of individuals by sharing her knowledge. “

—Psychologist / Senior Consultant ProPsych, Melbourne

“We engaged Jodi’s services as part of a Client Planning retreat. Those days can be quite draining and we needed someone to lift the energy and awareness of the team prior to our afternoon session. Jodi hit the mark! She provided insight and self-awareness, delightfully guided by her engaging stories and personal journey. Jodi’s involvement made a measurable difference to people’s attention levels and productivity and they sailed through the rest of the workshop with clear heads and energy. I recommend Jodi’s services to anyone who is planning a staff workshop and is looking for a new approach to employee engagement.”

—Director & HR Specialist, Howadco Business + HR Solutions

“Jodi has an amazing way of connecting with her audience. Her personal stories make her so relatable to people of all ages and they empower those who hear her to see a positive way through their difficult experiences. Jodi’s background knowledge and theoretical base really educate her audience to understand and unpack their experiences, leaving them more able to identify their struggles and successes. A great speaker who comes at these important topics from so many angles.”

—Principal, Toorak College

“We were delighted to have Dr Jodi present three webinars for our charity during lockdown one and two in Victoria. We know that Dr Jodi is one of the best presenters on anxiety, however were also really impressed with the way that Dr Jodi managed the online space. Her set up added to the calm atmosphere she created – from lighting, clear sound & warm environment- it was an incredible standard. Dr Jodi engaged our audience through asking for responses via the chat box & was affirming of all online questions submitted. We look forward to Dr Jodi presenting for us again because the high level of excellence she presents with in person is matched in the online presentation space.”

—Founder & Director, SJI Autism & Carer Support

“Brilliant evening expanding our understanding of anxiety last night at Wesley College, Melbourne. Dr Jodi Richardson is a brilliant guide for anyone encountering anxiety and that is everyone – as an anxious person or a carer.”

—NESTS Education Professional Development for educators

“This presentation was exceptional. I have attended quite a few presentations related to anxiety and how to support children experiencing anxiety, all of which have been interesting and filled with informed content, but Dr Jodi Richardson’s presentation was exceptional. Her strategies were extremely well presented, easy to understand and left me motivated to use in both my teaching career, and as a carer for two young boys dealing with anxiety issues and difficult living arrangements. I was impressed by Jodi’s knowledge of the material and the manner in which she shared it. This was a fist class presentation with exemplary practical implications.”

—Teacher, parent and carer

“Absolutely fabulous – coming from the perspective of a person with lived experience of anxiety.  I especially loved the breakdown of strategies and the “why” behind why these strategies work.  As a person who suffers from anxiety, and supports two daughters with anxiety, the information shared in this presentation will be used on a regular basis.  I took a copious amount of notes!  Thank you Dr Jodi Richardson for sharing your story and strategies.”

— Parent and carer

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